IRVIN, TONI E.
Toni E. Irvin's (Tontee) spirit left on June 7, 2014 from a sudden cardiac event. She was born in Gainesville, Florida May 29, 1963, and attended Gainesville, High School. Her parents, Jean Biven and James Edward Irvin, predeceased her. Mourning her loss are siblings Deborah Brown, Greg Cunningham, Tamia Irvin, Terry Irvin and Shelia Ross. Additionally remembered are her many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Close friends who will miss her are Jodi Irving, Ann Smith, Jo Snider, Scott Miles, Mike Layman and Ryan Jones and friends from The GOC.
"Tontee" had a friendly approach to life and many creative characteristics. She loved to cook, loved the beach, nature and loved her music of all styles. In addition she wrote poetry over the years and, most recently had been working on a project with the University of Florida Oral History department's Veterans History Project. Her role was writing poetry that reflected the interviews and provided a constructive perspective of possible feelings and emotions of the interviewed veteran from WWII as well as Korea and Vietnam. These interviews along with Tontee's poetry will be available on the Internet and at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida.
She was reflective, intense and engaged others with her sense of humor. She will be missed. Donations can be made to the Gainesville Opportunity Center,
A private family gathering was held to celebrate her life.
Published in Gainesville Sun from June 28 to June 29, 2014