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Official Obituary of

LaTonya Ann (Free) Killavey

July 14, 1981 ~ February 27, 2024 (age 42) 42 Years Old

LaTonya Killavey Obituary

LaTonya Ann (Free) Killavey, known affectionately as Tonya to her friends and loved ones, departed this life on February 27th, 2024, at her home in Riverside, Rhode Island. Born on July 14th, 1981, in Houston, Texas, LaTonya was a beacon of love and creativity, whose life was cut short at the age of 42. She was the beloved daughter of Leona (Poznanski) Free of Shreveport, Louisiana, and the late Keith Free.

Tonya's educational journey was marked by a passion for learning and the arts. She flourished academically, first at her hometown college, and later by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her educational accomplishments laid the foundation for what would become a vibrant and impactful career in the performing arts.

The theater world knew Tonya as an exceptionally talented individual whose presence was both captivating and inspiring. She discovered her love for theater early in life and dedicated herself to every aspect of the craft. Tonya's skills were not limited to the stage; she was also known for constructing astonishing sets that captivated audiences from Maine to Shreveport. Her versatility and dedication to the theater were unmatched.

As an actor, Tonya's gifts were recognized with numerous awards, a testament to her remarkable abilities and the indelible impression she left on the theater community. Her performances were more than just entertainment; they were expressions of her soul, shared generously with every audience she encountered. The stages upon which she performed were undoubtedly brighter for her presence, and her absence will leave a void that cannot be filled. She was involved with play at the Newport Playhouse.

Tonya's spirit was characterized by an unrelenting love and kindness that knew no bounds. She approached life with a creative zest that was infectious, touching the lives of all who crossed her path. Her love was not just a feeling but an action, a tangible force that she invested into every relationship. It is this love that forms her lasting legacy, a legacy that will continue to inspire and comfort those she has left behind.

Her family, who cherished her deeply, and her "tribe," as she affectionately referred to her close-knit circle of friends and colleagues, will profoundly miss LaTonya. These individuals, who found strength and solace in her support and affection, will carry the memories of her love with them always.

LaTonya Ann (Free) Killavey lived a life that exemplified the very essence of compassion, creativity, and kindness. Her memory will be treasured, her contributions to the arts celebrated, and her spirit will continue to guide those who were fortunate enough to have been touched by her remarkable life. Her passing is not just a loss to her family and friends but to the entire community that had the honor of experiencing her extraordinary talents and generous heart.

Tonya's story is one of profound impact and enduring love, a story that does not end with her passing but continues in the lives of those she inspired. As we bid farewell to this exceptional woman, we do so with the knowledge that her legacy will continue to resonate for generations to come. LaTonya Ann (Free) Killavey will be deeply missed, but the love and light she shared will forever remain in our hearts.

Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Arrangements by the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, East Providence.   www.rebellofuneralhome.com.

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