Elizabeth Louise "Betty" Toney (1940 - 2017)

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Elizabeth Louise ""Betty"" Toney passed away on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, after many years of suffering the effects of congestive heart failure. She was born in Charleston, S.C., on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1940, to Calvin and Ethel Pigott. Betty was the second of three children and spent her youth growing up in Charleston.
In 1960, she graduated from nursing school in Charleston and began working as an operating room nurse. Shortly thereafter, she met Bill, an Air Force officer stationed at Charleston Air Force Base. They were married on Thanksgiving Day 1962. During the 55 years they were married, Betty and Bill lived in many different places, among them, North Carolina, Colorado, the Philippines, Washington state and Alaska. During the time they were stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, two sons were born: Bill Jr. in 1966 and Bob in 1968. While in Alaska, Betty went back to nursing school at the University of Alaska and received both her bachelor's and master's degrees, graduating as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She worked in several area clinics and with the Alaska School District as a school nurse until she retired in 1995. Two years later, Betty and Bill began spending their winters in the Phoenix, Ariz., area. However, Alaska was still called home and continued to be for the last 43 years of her life.
Throughout her life Betty enjoyed many different outdoor activities such as fishing, skiing, riding snowmobiles and golf. She was very active in the operation of several women's golf associations. One of her favorite indoor activities was cooking and she had a big collection of pots, pans and numerous other kitchen gadgets. Some of her grandson's favorites include baby back ribs, chili and rum cake. When Betty wasn't outside or in the kitchen, she could be found relaxing with her favorite cooking or golf programs on TV.
Betty is survived by her husband, Bill; son, Bill Jr.; daughter-in-law, Deborah; and her three grandsons, Ryan, Blake and Aidan. She is also survived by her sisters, Marilyn McCullough and Patty Cole. Her son, Bob, was killed in an aircraft accident in 2004. She will be missed and remembered by many friends as well as family. A service will be held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Muldoon on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 4 p.m.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 15 to May 16, 2018