The family’s remembrance also talked of the “gentle and loving spirit” of a girl whose nickname was “ladybug.”
The third-grader recently auditioned to sing in a talent show that would have been held Thursday.
“Tonie always danced, not walked, to the beat of her own drum,” the family wrote in her obit. “And she banged her drum very well. She would bang that drum so loud that others could not help but to start dancing to her beat as well.”