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Tonia Roach Roark Colton Peery passed away peacefully at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. She was found unresponsive by her daughter and never regained consciousness. A life worth living is filled with love, turmoil, trials, tragedy and triumphs and Tonia endured all of those experiences.
She spent time in Louisiana and Indiana but East Millcreek was where she called home and lived most of her life. She raised 6 step children and 8 of her own kids. She was also a mother to everyone who came through her door. She had a laid back attitude that made people feel disarmed and comfortable in her presence. She taught her kids manners and to be polite. It was something that she was adamant about. She wanted the world to be fair and loyal and wept over the injustices of humanity. Her children inherited that spirit and have always fought for the underdogs in life.
She was a friend, wife, daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, a seamstress, a constant gardener, a thoughtful giver, avid sunbather, collector and bargain shopper … all of which she took to the extreme. She loved the Jade Café, thrift stores, her grandkids, Native American jewelry, Lambourne Ave., country music (when it was still country), road trips, Volvos and pugs. Her perfect day would start out with a cup of black tea, filled with bargain shopping and ended at 3 a.m. with an empty pack of cigarettes.
She is proceeded in death by both of her fathers, Elmer Roach and Martin Roark, her mother, Leta Roark, her son Colt Colton, both of her husbands, Alan Colton and Michael Peery. She leaves behind her children, Cait Colton Smith, Dallas (Amber), Dalton, Roark, Ryker, Riley and Keegan Peery. She has 16 grandkids and 6 great-grandchildren that will miss her deeply as well. She leaves her 5 sisters behind, Tamina Ridd (Randy), Roxie Roark, Robyn Scarborough, Marta Smith and Mindy Roark. She also leaves her lifelong friend, Cheryl.
A life of hoarding cluttered her mind and cost her the depth of many relationships and deprived her of the things that should have really mattered.
There will be a celebration of life in her honor on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Rosecrest 1st Ward, 3101 South 2300 East.