Toni Terese Mulkey LePage let the angels lead her in on Sunday, July 25, 2010, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. In the short time from her diagnosis to her passing Toni never quit fighting and taught us all about tenacity, strength and bravery.
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Born May 7, 1962, Toni graduated from Billings West High School in 1980.
She married Mike Meyer and their son Andy was born in 1987.
She later married Jess LePage, and their son Kip was born in 2002.
Toni loved her family, her furry dog children, camping, Thanksgiving, Ivan Doig, Harry Potter, mocha frappes and Johnny jump-ups. She had been well-known in Billings as an excellent dog groomer. A hard worker, despite unbelievable pain, she was up in the wee hours delivering papers for the Bozeman Chronicle almost to the end. Her gift of gab and wonderful laugh will truly be missed.
Toni leaves behind her husband, Jess; sons, Andy Meyer and Kip LePage of Belgrade; mom, Barbara Smith (Milton–Smitty); father, Bob Mulkey; sister, Robbin Nagel (Scott) and nephew, Ian, of Billings; sister, Kelli Mulkey and nephews; many friends who were her extended family; and Reggie, Ruger and Emmett, her beloved doggies.
Special thanks to hospice; Craig Ellsworth, her cousin and friend who helped care for her in her remaining hours; Robin Crawford and Mary Lou Patterson, who came so far to say goodbye; and her dearest friend, Lisa Harper. Also many thanks to Dr. Nieva in Billings and Dr. Desnick in Livingston.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Toni's life will take place at a later date.
For Kip and Andy, as Dumbuldore said to Harry, "Love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar. No visible sign … to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin."
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 28, 2010