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Lydia Ann Carnes | 24 | Edwardsville

A very beloved dog mom, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend, Lydia Ann Carnes left this world unexpectedly, at age 24, on June 22, 2022. Born in Maryville, IL, on Dec. 30, 1997, to John and Julie (Toppmeyer) Carnes, Lydia grew up in Edwardsville, IL, and had been residing in Godfrey, IL, for the past two years.
Lydia’s love for animals started on her grandparents’ farms. You would always find her tending to and playing with the animals. Horses and dogs, however, held the most special place in her heart. In 2011, Lydia purchased her first puppy, her beautiful sheltie, Bella, and “Team Sassy Bitch” was born. Lydia and Bella’s connection was so unique and special. They were glued to each other from the start, became each other’s best friends and helped each other through tough times. Bella brought out all of Lydia’s best qualities and showered her with the love she deserved. Lydia put all of her energy into training and making Bella the Agility Grand Champion she is today (AGCH MACH10 PACH2 BellaRose’s Beauty and the Beast MXB3 PDS MJS3 PJS MXP6 MXPS MJP6 MJPS PAX2 MFS TQX MFP T2B4 CGC). Lydia was also training her other shelties, Twerk, and her newest puppy, Flirt, to follow in Bella’s path after retirement.
When Lydia wasn’t at agility trials, she was working to give her dogs an even better life. She loved bartending and serving at 3rd Chute Bar and Grill. Lydia’s outgoing personality and hard work ethic made her an asset to the establishment, and she will be greatly missed by many friends and “regulars” she met while working.
When we think of Lydia, we will celebrate her passion to live life to the fullest and conquer challenges, her determination to love and help anyone and everyone, and her incredible talent and connection with training/handling dogs. We will always remember her loyalty, infectious smile and beauty inside and out. Her presence in all of our lives will be sorely missed.
Lydia leaves behind her parents; sister, Hannah; brother, Caleb; her prized shelties, Bella, Twerk, and Flirt; grandparents, Francis Toppmeyer and Carol Sue Carnes; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Elizabeth (Liz) Toppmeyer and Charles Carnes, and cousin, Thomas Keppler.
A Celebration of Lydia’s Life will be held Sunday, July 31, starting at 1 p.m., at 3rd Chute Bar and Grill, 2204 Fosterburg Rd, Alton, IL 62002. You are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring your favorite Lydia story to share. #TeamSassyBitch #livelikelydia
Donations made in lieu of flowers will be used to honor Lydia’s passion for training and handling dogs. There will also be Team Sassy Bitch t‑shirts available to purchase in her memory.

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