Tonia LeVasseur, 39, passed away on Saturday, August 7th in the Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas after complications from surgery. She was the daughter of Dick and Kim Cockerill of Scott City, Kansas. She was born on June 4, 1971 in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Tonia received her early schooling in the Scott City Schools graduating in 1989 from Scott Community High School. She received her CNA and Med-Aide Certification in Saline County and worked in several nursing homes in Salina as well as Park Lane Nursing Home and Scott County Hospital. Her love for people and desire to care for others pushed her to continue her education and she graduated in 2001 from Garden City Community College and received her Registered Nursing degree at that same time. Tonia touched many as she worked in many hospitals and nursing facilities in central and western Kansas as a traveling nurse as well as regularly at the Hospital in Tribune, Kansas and most recently Dighton, Kansas.
On May 7, 2005, Tonia married Leon C. LeVasseur in Scott City, Kansas and they have made their home in Leoti, Kansas. Those preceding Tonia in death include Delmar Cockerill, Grandfather and Naomi Spall, Grandmother. Tonia’s desire to always help others continued even in death as she had registered to be an organ donor and she has provided several with a gift of life through her donations.
Tonia is survived by her parents, her husband, of the home, her 3 children, Brittany and Bryan Endres, Jessica Kennedy and Chance Smith, all of Scott City. Brother and sisters include: Trevor and Kristy Cockerill, Olathe, KS, Meisha and Sam Jossie, Wichita, Kansas and Krista and Daniel Moore of Provo, Utah. Other family include: Mary Jo Huey, Ainsworth, Nebraska, and Grandparents, Estaline Cockerill, Scott City, Vernon and Zelda Mai, Russell, Kansas and Harry Spall, Valentine, Nebraska and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 10:30am on Saturday, August 14th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ninth and Crescent in Scott City with burial to be immediately following in the Scott City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to: Garden City Community College Nursing Program.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday and 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Friday and 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City, Kansas.
Obituary courtesy of Price and Sons Funeral Homes of Garden City, Scott City, Leoti and Tribune.