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WARD Dr. Tonisa Ward Passed away peacefully on Friday morning, January 4, 2019. Born in Waycross, Georgia in 1935 to Dayton S. Ward and Isadella McDaniel Ward and moved to Kensington, MD in 1946. Toni will always be remembered for her love of music, learning and mostly her family. Her unquenchable intellectual curiosity supported her thought-provoking questions, honest and well researched opinions. She was always generous and provided kind support of the dreams and pursuits of others. She was a strong advocate for equal rights for all and a role model and mentor to men and women of all races, religions, creed, denominations, sexual identity. Toni is survived by her three children, Holly Parker (Joe), Charles "Chuck" Parker (Sara) and Daniel Parker (Maureen), her grandchildren Allison (Brian), Kristin, Shannon, Melissa and Amanda, Jessica and Erica, one granddaughter, Annabelle Charlotte Naumick, and her three siblings, Charlotte Thompson, Gerald Ward and Dale Ward. As a military spouse, Toni's travels took her and her family to several locations in Europe (Paris, Fountainbleau, Holland, and Italy), as well as Colorado Springs, CO, while keeping their home base of Kensington, MD. Toni was not only a working mother, but she earned her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees (George Washington University). She also encouraged and assisted in the advanced education of her children and grandchildren. She worked for Montgomery County Public Schools as well as Los Angeles County Public school systems during her 30+ year career. She organized family trips back to Italy and France to reacquaint her children (and acquaint other family members) with the locations and memories where they spent significant portions of their youth. She frequently went to Hilton Head Island with her family and most enjoyed any time she was able to spend with them on these excursions. Toni was active in the democratic party, the NAACP and various women's advocacy organizations. She loved playing the organ and piano at Kensington Baptist Church, as music was her passion. She was an active citizen in her beloved town of Kensington, MD. Toni will be missed by her family and numerous friends from every walk of life and throughout the world. She would want to acknowledge the extreme kindness of the team members at Bethesda Naval/Walter Reed Hospital and Kensington Park Senior Living. A music memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the Kensington Baptist Church in Kensington, Maryland. A music memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the Kensington Baptist Church in Kensington, Maryland.
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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 13, 2019