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Sonya Renee Morgan

October 30, 1973 August 25, 2020
Sonya Renee Morgan
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Sonya Renee Morgan 1973-2020

When two people who don’t know each other but both knew Sonya Morgan strike up a conversation, the story sharing goes something like this ... in the format of Mad Lib so we can all share stories of her:

I will never forget this one night hanging out with Sonya. Oh my god. We were __________. And then, ____________. It was for sure the dumbest and __________ thing I’ve ever done. Looking back, it was ____________. But hands down it was the most fun I’ve ever, ever had in my entire life.

Most who knew Sonya have such a trove of hilarious experiences with her through her 46 years that they could repeat this generic Mad Lib and never have to fill in the same word twice. She basically lived at least five lifetimes in just one. And she made friends wherever she worked or hung out.

So often we want to know the answer to questions such as this one posed by Mary Oliver in her poem “The Summer Day”: what will I do with my one wild and precious life...

Well, Sonya skipped all the wondering and just lived by an unspoken motto of “I’m gonna spend my precious life loving my friends and family no matter what, I’m going to have fun and teach others how to do the same, and ultimately I’m gonna do what I want.” But that was just like her to figure it out before the rest of us as she often did, whether it was how to fix everything yourself or how to survive just about any of the BS curve balls of life, and she had many of those to slam out of her stadium.

She loved guns, Marlboro reds, Budweiser, Mountain Dew and the St. Louis Cardinals.

She was a person you did not want to mess with while also being the person you’d most want to party with. Who else could make so many doctor visits, needle pricks, and treatments for an incurable and wicked disease fun - the laugh-your-ass-off kind of fun? Sonya Morgan, that’s who.

She was brave, brilliant and a bit rough around the edges, drawing people to her like a gravitational pull. She loved to tell stories and jokes. You wouldn’t even need to fully see who was gathering an audience, you would know it was Sonya by her unforgettable laugh or her signature long braid and Cardinals hat.

She loved all things Tanya Tucker. She spent many nights playing cards, swilling beers and singing along to David Allan Coe’s “The Ride,” Garth Brooks’ “Shameless” and showing off singing all the parts to Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights.” Bars and cars in a 100-mile radius from Chrisman surely are filled with these songs in her honor.

Sonya Renee Morgan was born Oct. 30, 1973, in Lansing, Michigan. She is survived by her father, Steve Morgan, and her brother, Darrin Morgan, as well as aunts and cousins. She passed on to her next adventure the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in her home with her closest friends and family at her side, and her two dogs watching over her.

Sonya graduated from Chrisman High School in 1991. Over the years she worked in Danville (Thyssen-Krupp), Paris (North American Lighting), and Marshall (TRW).

Sonya’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial to celebrate her life will be at a later date.
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