Tonya Lee Creasy
September 26, 1941-July 10, 2020
Tonya Lee Creasy passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Farnham Manor, Farnham, Virginia on Friday the 10th of July. Tonya Lee came roaring from pioneering Swedish stock, a small brave group of young people who immigrated from Sweden just after the Civil War. Three small beleaguered villages in the middle of a terrible famine related by blood and community sent her ancestors, their young children, to America to start a new community. These sturdy hardworking Swedes became Cattle Stockman and Farmers in the Midwest. However, Tonya came from Texas, where she had the best childhood one could imagine in Big Bend National Park where her father was a Federal Park Ranger during the late 1940’s to the early 1950’s.
Tonya herself graduated from Strayer College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at 30 when she was already a long term hardworking Federal Administrator for the Social Security Administration. She was frequently moved state to state as she was promoted with her children Bobby and Chance place to place. Tonya Lee worked her way hard from the lowest levels of the Federal occupations from clerk typist and Photographic Model in the Department of Agriculture to the upper level District and Area Manager at Social Security during her long tenure. Promoted beyond local Social Security State District Management positions she went on to policy making and proceeded to work directly at the White House from the Public Employees Round Table under the Regan Administration through the Clinton Administration. Earning great praise and accommodations for her merit.
Tonya Lee then retired and moved to the Northern Neck, she tired of doing the “retirement thing” then wanting to bring something to the table to the community she went on later to earn her Master’s in Education to work with Rappahannock Community College and its Work-Force Development Program. Surprisingly during her retirement, she had time to develop this fledgling program into a dynamic force to obligate Education deficits in Northumberland County. Tonya was the “Master Teacher.” Tonya trained others to work as Adult Education Teachers, and how to follow through in her place. As Tonya Lee signed off on all the GED Diplomas, GED graduation rates increased.
Tonya however truly excelled and really liked to write articles for the local newspaper and the Northern Neck News about life in the Northern Neck. Tonya admired local waterman culture. Her best article I believe is “Matchless Martha Measures Up” in it she has a talent for bringing it all together, you believe at the moment you are there knowing this person she is talking to. The article is her best creative work.
Tonya Lee was a vocal advocate for racial equality and the marginalized poor during her whole life. She attended Afton Methodist Church, and gave her life willingly to Jesus Christ our Lord.
Tonya was very much loved by her sons, Bobby and Chance, throughout all her life through both good and bad times thick and thin. Tonya was previously married to Leroy John Matye and Clayton “Chic” Rogers.
Tonya’s family wishes privacy at this moment and time.
Tonya was predeceased by her husband, Jack Kenneth Creasy; her mother, Ruth Berdette [Smith] Ludberg and her father, Chauncey Karl Lundberg.
Tonya Lee Creasy is survived by her sons, Chauncey Karl Mayte and Bobby Lee Rogers; her grandchildren, Hunter, Cheyenne, Ashley, and Brady; her brother, Paul Berdette Lundberg; her sisters, Diana Porper and Carolyn Markley; her nieces and nephews, Peter, Troy, and Tonya, Dale, Paul Aaaron, Lynda Benjamin, Erik and Sherry; and a stepson, Jack “Chipper” Creasy.