Tonja Worthley lost her courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease surrounded by her family on July 12, 2022 in Manteca, California. She is survived by her husband and best friend of 30 years, David, and her children: Amy Coit (Maggie Punsalan) of Felton, Kelley Coit of Denver, Peter (Jennifer) Worthley of Fresno, Carrie Worthley of Petaluma and Jennifer (Gabriel) Worthley-Gasca of Scottsdale, Arizona. She was blessed with eight grandchildren: Alexis, Nate, Ethan, Brigit, Brandon, Michael, Jane and Eliana. She has three great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sister Vicki MacIntyre.
Tonja was a dedicated public-school teacher and educator. She was passionate about caring for everyone and everything around her. She would offer an open heart to any person in need, a home to any stray animal, and a nurturing environment to any plant. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, scrapbooking, shopping, gardening and organizing. She and David loved traveling, and were fortunate enough to experience cultures from all over the world. Some of her favorite places were Greece, Chile, Argentina, Austria, and China.
Tonja was a sweetheart. When she said something, she meant it—you could always count on her to tell you the truth. She will be remembered as a generous, loving woman who was delightful to be around. She will be profoundly missed by her loving family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tonja’s name to the Delta Humane Society and SPCA of San Joaquin County, as this organization was important to her. Please join us for a celebration of the life of Tonja at her home on August 13 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.
Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone you think would like to share in this moment.
COVID: As this will likely be a large indoor/outdoor gathering, we respectfully request that attendees be vaccinated and take a rapid test before arriving.