BROWNVILLE, NY — The memorial service for TiaJonte M. Sargent will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. A celebration of life will be held at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, 1291 Faichney Dr., Watertown, following the service. Calling hours will precede the memorial service at the funeral home beginning at noon.
The public is encouraged to wear the color blue (Tia’s favorite color), face masks, and observe social distancing.
Tia passed away at her home on Sept. 1. She was 32 years old. And, although her family is awaiting toxicology results and the autopsy report, they are quite certain her addiction played a crucial role in her untimely death.
Tia was born July 30, 1989, in Watertown, a daughter to Scott and Roxanne (Woodward) George. After receiving her high school education she briefly attended Jefferson Community College. Tia worked as a home health aide at MILC and RCIL in Watertown.
Tia loved chaos. She also enjoyed clothes, makeup, music, laughing, animals, and elephants.
Besides her mother and father, Scott and Roxanne George, she is survived by her husband, Ethan Sargent; her siblings, Bambi Neujean of Georgia, Shylynn (Darein) Larmon of Theresa; her stepdaughter, Eve Sargent; her maternal grandparents, Robert (Sandra) Woodward of Watertown; 2 nieces, AnaMaria Neujean, Hayli Rhone; and 3 great-nieces, Ava Jane Neujean, Amelia Neujean, Ellis Rhone. She is also survived by 10 cats, 1 bunny, 1 dog (“Little Jesus”), and her lifelong best friend, Desiree Smith of Watertown.
Tia was predeceased by her brother, Jon Neujean (2012), and her grandfather, John Benway.
To know Tia was to love Tia. Tia was real and left her mark of the hearts of so many because, regardless of whatever path she was on, if you were in her life she had you! And, like it or not, she called ‘em like she saw ‘em.
Heroin promised Tia the World. It told her she would feel accepted, loved, and normal like everyone else. It promised to take away her pain and made her believe everything would be OK. What it didn’t tell her is how it would devastate her family and tear them apart, or how it would destroy her entire existence (including her profession, residence, morals, values, health, smile, laughter, hopes, dreams, and her love of life) ultimately dimming her light and taking all of her until there was nothing left to take.
Tia will not be defined by her addition. Instead, she will be remembered for her beautiful smile, spitfire attitude, and her love of life. She was kind and loving to all who knew her. She was always quick to lend a hand, and always made sure everyone was taken care of.
Please remember that this beast, heroin, is ravaging our community. Talk with your children and educate yourselves. Tia tried to help other people with their addictions. In the end she couldn’t break the chains that held her. Do not let her death be in vain.
Donations may be made to the BRIDGE program at the Watertown Urban Mission, 247 Factory Street, Watertown, NY 13601.
Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown.