“My mother’s smile is so big, we built an entire home inside of it.” – Rudy Francisco
To know Toni was to expect the absurd and experience laughter so hard you cried. She was always unapologetically herself. You could know her for five minutes and immediately understand that she was like no one else. She was the living example of a woman who needed no one, but loved more strongly than most. Confronting the world in all its pain and beauty, she took the hardest things life had to offer in stride and still found wonder and joy in the moments that most people let pass by. She lived more lives than most and did so with unprecedented tenacity and grit. Nothing could dissuade her from anything she set her mind to. The world’s assumptions of her limits and nature only fueled her ambitions. Motherhood was no exception. She took all that wildness and wisdom and poured it into loving and inspiring her girls. This generosity and protective nature extended beyond her friends and family to her patients. Without question she always provided the care she knew was needed, even when it was outside the scope of what was expected. She was an irreplaceable sister, mother and friend to those who knew her. Though her physical self has left us, she continues to make the universe belly laugh.