Tonya Star Barnett

January 6, 1962April 5, 2021

PEKIN ~ Tonya Star Barnett, 59, of Pekin, passed away after a long, courageous battle with cancer at 6:52 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2021 at Hallmark Healthcare of Pekin.

Born January 6, 1962 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Walter Charles and Patricia Ann (Rush) Scott, she married William Dean “Bill” Barnett on April 6, 1984 in Pekin. He died on July 26, 2008 in Pekin. She also was preceded in death by her father and one granddaughter, Allison Rene’ Fitzgerald.

Surviving are her three daughters, Trisha Wallis, Michelle (Shawn) Schwindenhammer both of Pekin, and Veronica (Bill) Thornton of Fort Worth, Texas; one step-daughter, Misty Barney of Green Valley; her mother, Patricia Mercer of Morton; three sisters, Annette (Leon) McCabe of Creve Coeur, Brenda McCabe of Pontoon Beach and Sarah (Charlie) Rice, of North Pekin; and three brothers, Matthew (Adelle) Scott, Daniel (Vicki) Scott, both of Pekin, and Walter Scott of Nashville, TN. She also leaves behind her four precious grandchildren who meant the world to her, Paige Fitzgerald, Anthony Fitzgerald, Billy Wallis, all of Pekin and Zach Schwindenhammer, all of Bartonville and three step-grandchildren.

Tonya previously worked for Caterpillar in Morton, last working December of 2015. Previously, she worked at the Library Store in Tremont.

Tonya enjoyed big gatherings with her family, attending her grandkids’ baseball games and school events, and visiting her daughter and grand dogs in Texas. She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart. She also enjoyed coffee, chocolate, and casinos.

Her visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Private graveside rites will be held Saturday in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, with the Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the American Cancer Society.

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Sarah Rice

April 10, 2021

All the memories of each day I had with you are all at once and all wonderful. I will miss you and continue to pass on your wisdom, strength, and memories.
Love always
Your Lil' Sister

April Reader

April 7, 2021

Oh Tonya my dear sweet friend! I just found out that you left me a few minutes ago. I am devastated and all I can think about is all of the years that we spent together and how much fun that we had and what a best friend you were to me. You know I've been sick too but I got to visit you at your apartment in Morton and I talked to you on the phone at Hallmark but couldn't come see you. So many memories of me and you together with all the kids and the family! Please Lord watch over everyone who loved Tonya so much! We had an agreement that we were going to go together but my sweet friend I'm sure I'll be joining you soon. Please be there to greet me. I love you to the Moon and back and I will carry you in my broken heart until then. Keep laughing that silly laugh of yours and telling those crazy jokes! I will Love You Forever, April