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Marie Toy

Marie Johnston Toy of Fairfield, CA passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2007, in Davis, CA after a long illness. Mrs. Toy was born in Fairhope, AL in Mobile County and was the last survivor of seven children born to George W. Johnston and Onie Marie Everett Johnston. She was the widow of Hugh Latimer Toy, Jr. with whom she had three daughters: Linda Reasonover, who passed away in 1992; Sheri Toy of Fairfield, CA; and Marsha Toy Engstrom of Woodland, CA. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Lisa Sowders of Henderson, KY; Norinda Reed of Kent, WA; Russell Reed of Fairfield, CA; and Cory Engstrom of Woodland, CA; and four great grandchildren: Savanna and Dylan Sowders of Henderson, KY; and Kira and Mia Carman of Kent, WA.

Mrs. Toy left her career as a private secretary to begin 44 years as a devoted wife and homemaker. A resident in the Fairfield area since 1959, she was a Sunday school teacher for over 40 years, and at the time of her death, a member of Temple Baptist Church where she served on the kitchen and bereavement committees. She also volunteered with various other non-profits, including the Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Rainbow Girls, and numerous schools in the Fairfield area. Throughout her life, she was an avid gardener, and enjoyed needlework, crafts, baking and cake decorating. Children were her greatest joy, especially her own.

The family held a private Memorial Service on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at Wiscombe's Davis Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in her name to your local Hospice organization.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Marie many years ago when her mother, Onie was a patient at Sunny Acres Con. Hospital. Marie was such a lady and so devoted to her mother. Although I lost touch with Marie, after many years, I would get updates at times from our good friend, Grace James. I know Marie's family will miss her but she is in a better place now with our Lord. My prayers go out to all of you. Always, Sherrie Langdon

Sherrie Langdon Nov 13 2007 12:00 AM

Dear Marsha and the Toy family, I knew Marie as Marsha's Mom at Travis AFB in the late 1960s, when Marsha was in junior high school. Her legacy as a Mom is her wonderful daughters, who I have the privilege of calling my friends. May the Lord who receives His beloved back to Him, without fail, also shed his grace upon you all at this time. Dan Norton San Diego, CA 858-761-3533

Danny Norton Nov 12 2007 12:00 AM

Hi Sherry & Marsha, We loved your Mom and will truly miss her. Love, Lorrie & Mike Ellison

Lorrie & Mike Ellison Nov 6 2007 12:00 AM

I have wonderful memories of Mrs. Toy. She exceeded the definition of "Lady". She was always so warm & gracious. There were also the glimmers of mischievousness about her that I, of course, just loved. She will be missed, but in the hearts of those who loved & cared about her, she will remain forever a loving & special memory. I offer my condolences to her wonderful family. Take comfort in each other and honor her.

Machelle Bartlett Nov 6 2007 12:00 AM

My Aunt Marie was the most loving,kind,generous, nonjudgemental,true Christian that ever lived. I will always treasure the time that we had her here with us. I know that her Mom,Dad,brothers and sisters are glad to have her home with them even though we are sad to see her go. She will be missed. She will always be close to my heart. I will never forget her. My thoughts and prayers are with those loved ones that she has left behind. Know that she is now with the Lord and will hurt no more.

Debra Cowart Nov 4 2007 12:00 AM