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Toni Diann McGinnis
November 25, 1939 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Toni Diann McGinnis, a radiant beacon of love and spirit, left this world peacefully on January 27, 2024, in San Juan Capistrano, California, due to natural causes. Born on November 25, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, Toni's life was a vibrant tapestry woven with the threads of joy, creativity, and an unwavering zest for life. She moved with her family to California, where she blossomed into a remarkable individual, graduating from Lynwood High School in 1958.
Toni's journey through life was marked by the deep connections she forged with those she loved. She was a cherished mother to three daughters, Gina, Heather, and Lisa, who, along with their husbands Bob, Daniel, and Jeff, respectively, filled her life with laughter and shared wisdom. Toni's legacy extended to her three grandchildren, Brandon, Alex, and Eryn, and her three great-grandchildren, Brynlee, Alice, and Blakely, who brought boundless joy and youthful energy to her days.
In the chapters of her heart, Toni wrote two love stories. She married Floyd Stewart in 1962, celebrating 22 years of partnership before their paths diverged. It was in 1990 that she encountered her soulmate, Thomas McGinnis, with whom she shared 32 years of unwavering companionship. Their marriage was a testament to the beauty of enduring love.
Toni's professional life was characterized by her dedication and passion. She spent a decade nurturing young minds as a teacher's aide in the Fountain Valley School District before embarking on a 25-year tenure with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Her work in administration was not just a job; it was a calling she embraced with enthusiasm and pride.
Her artistic soul found expression in painting, an activity that allowed her to capture the world's beauty on canvas. Toni's love for gardening mirrored her ability to cultivate growth and beauty in both plants and people. An innate leader, she held administrative roles in every club she joined, infusing each with her unique blend of charisma and organizational prowess. Toni's flair for decorating and party planning was unmatched, and her ability to transform spaces into celebrations of life was truly a sight to behold.
Toni's companions, Holly and Macho, exemplified her adoration for all living creatures. Her love for animals was pure and unwavering, a reflection of her kind and generous heart. An avid traveler, Toni reveled in the adventure of cruises, exploring new horizons and embracing the joy of discovery.
People were naturally drawn to Toni, captivated by her friendly and loving nature. She had the remarkable ability to light up a room and make everyone feel welcome and valued. Her spirited soul found pleasure in the simple joys of life, from the warmth of the sun on her face to the company of friends and family.
Toni's sweet tooth was legendary; she delighted in the indulgence of candy and desserts, a small yet significant reminder to savor the sweetness of life. As Helen Keller once said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." Toni embodied this sentiment, approaching each day as an opportunity to experience the fullness of life's adventure.
Toni Diann McGinnis will be remembered as a woman who lived with her heart wide open, embracing every moment with grace and enthusiasm. Her spirit, a blend of friendliness, love, and vivacity, will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know her. She leaves behind a legacy of joy, an invitation to all to live life with passion and to cherish every moment with the ones we love.