Laura Yuvonne “Toni” Bailey Mudd Timmons passed away Jan. 17, 2014, in Vancouver, Wash. Toni was born May 12, 1928, in Coos Bay, Ore., in 1928 and was spoiled rotten by her parents, Bill and Hazel Bailey, who owned the Hood River Bottling Works. She drank soda pop — all she wanted.
She fell in love with a debonair Navy officer, Jack Mudd, who was crazy enough — about her — to get married in 1949, after World War II. He proposed on Thanksgiving, the first night they went out.
They had three children: Cinda Maureen Mudd, Richard Jack Mudd and Lisa Suzanne Mudd Whitling, all born in Astoria, Ore.
Toni, Jack and the kids moved to Milwaukie, Ore., in 1959. Once the children were all in school, Toni attended and graduated from Marylhurst College with a teaching degree. She loved to teach fifth-grade and continued until her retirement at Bilquist Elementary in the Milwaukie School District.
She dearly loved her grandkids: Tristan Michael Mudd, Christopher Ansel Mudd Whitling, Elliott William Mudd Whitling and Jack Dylan Mudd. Every birthday she would give them some money that they could spend on a lunch date with her after their birthday. The grandkids were allowed a day off of school, they chose where to go to lunch and what they wanted to buy.
In her later years, she kept up to date with her grandkids, through prolific texting or emailing to see what they were doing.
Her husband, Jack, died in 1987 after a wonderful day at the beach. For many years after, she stayed busy visiting with her friends and family until she caught up with a fellow teacher from her school district. She married Archie Timmons in 1990. They had lots of fun; dancing and going on cruises.
Toni loved to travel. We used to laugh that if we said, “go for a ride,” she had her bags packed. She went with her kids and grandkids to Italy, France, London, Thailand and many other places.
Toni had been a writer for both the Hood River News and for the Oregonian. She continued to write and publish until her death. She was a member of the Red Hat club and participated in several book clubs.
Toni had a tremendous faith. She was very active in her church, Oak Grove United Methodist Church, where she loved the communion with others. In her last hours, she was focused on the new adventures awaiting her in heaven while surrounded and held by her family.
Her life was full up to the very end. Thank God for good family, decent wine, fascinating books and interesting people to talk to!
Toni is survived by her husband, Archie; her children: Cinda, Lisa and Richard; and three grandsons: Chris, Elliott and Tristan; and daughters-in-love, Crystal, Crislynn and Elizabeth.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jack Mudd and her grandson, Little Jack.
In lieu of flowers, Toni would love for you to donate to Providence Child Care Center, 830 N.E. 47th Ave., Portland, OR 97213.
A memorial will be held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 14700 S.E. Rupert Drive, Oak Grove, OR 97267, Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m.
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