Toni Lee McOmber, age 65, passed away October 20, 2020 due to natural causes. She was born November 9, 1954 in Butte, Montana to Forrest and Mary McOmber. After graduating high school, Toni served three years in the United States Army, worked as a park ranger at Glacier National Park, and travelled the world. She eventually began school at University of Montana where she studied philosophy and horticulture. Throughout most of her life, Toni practiced Tibetan Buddhism and followed the Dalai Lama’s teachings of kindness and compassion. Toni had a passion for social justice and much of her career was spent as a welfare advocate in Montana and Washington. She also loved interior design, antiques, and travelling to Hawaii to visit her favorite island, Maui, where she loved to snorkel and view all the sea creatures she could.
Toni is preceded in death by her parents; great aunt, Bernice Cowan; sister Nona Canfield; and her beloved cousin Carol Beethe. Toni will be fondly remembered by her daughter, Tela Gardner, sister Julie Tanner, sister Amy McOmber, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended and chosen family. A service will be held at a later date due to COVID. Memorial donations may be made to United Indians of All Tribes Foundation or Tibetan Language Institute, two organizations she knew personally and supported.
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