July 24, 1945May 24, 2020
Obituary of Orita Resseau Tonkens

Orita Resseau Tonkens, 74, Of Saint Simons Island, Georgia entered peacefully into Heaven’s Gates Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Orita was born July 24, 1945 in Milledgeville, Georgia the daughter of the late Otis Paul Resseau and the late Ruth Chance. She was preceded in death by her husband, Retired Major Charles Theodore Tonkens and a brother, Paul Resseau Jr.

Orita graduated from A.L. Miller High School for Girls in Macon, Georgia. She received her Bachelor’s in Education from Young Harris College and a Master’s in Education from Georgia Southern University. She then had a lifelong career in education and retired from Glynn County Board of Education. After her retirement, she still had the desire to impact the life’s of young people and continued to teach at Saint Frances Xavier Catholic School until February of this year. Orita was a faithful Episcopalian and a member of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Left to cherish her memories are Susan and Jeff White, Kristi and Nathan Green, Katie and Patrick Slonaker, Kellie White, Cathie Resseau, Paul Resseau III, Anna Resseau and many cousins.

A private graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Christ Church Cemetery on Saint Simons Island. Father Tommy Townsend will officiate the service.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for memorial contributions in Orita’s memory to Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School or Holy Nativity Episcopal Church.

Edo Miller and Sons is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the register book and leave condolences for the family at www.edomillerandsons.com


  • Retired Major Charles T. Tonkens, Husband (deceased)
  • Otis Paul Resseau, Father (deceased)
  • Ruth Chance Resseau, Mother (deceased)
  • Paul Resseau Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Susan and Jeff White, Relative
  • Kristi and Nathan Green, Relative
  • Katie and Patrick Slonaker, Relative
  • Kellie White, Relative
  • Cathie Resseau, Relative
  • Paul Resseau III, Relative
  • Anna Resseau, Relative