Antoinette May Beall
May 8, 1942 – December 23, 2016
Antoinette May Beall (affectionately known as Toni), passed away on December 23, 2016 due to health complications in Riverside, CA. She slipped away peacefully in her sleep. She was 74 years old.
Toni was born to Elmer and Margaret LaBorde on May 8, 1942 in Los Angeles CA. She has one younger sister, Roberta. Toni grew up in Altadena, CA overlooking the Arroyo Seco and JPL in a home her father built after WW II. They lived next door to her grandparents. She attended Catholic grade school, and graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena
While attending Pasadena City College, she met the love of her life, Larry Beall. After a whirlwind romance, they married just 8 months later, on October 20, 1962 in Las Vegas. Above all, she loved his sense of humor. They had two children, Raymond and Roxanne. They bought their first home in Altadena, and lived there for seven years before moving to Temple City. They would Call Temple City home for the next 45 years. They just recently moved to their current home in Riverside before her health would fail her and take her from her husband much to soon. Toni and Larry were married for 54 years. Besides their two children, they also have two grandchildren, Amanda and Raymond Jr.
Toni was focused from a young age, and knew she wanted to be an accountant. While attending college, she started working as a part-time employee for the Pasadena Unified School District. She worked in various positions over the years, working her way up to a senior accountant position. Her husband was always encouraging and very proud of her. She was diagnosed with MS when she was 28. This may have slowed her down, but her determination was as strong as ever. She continued working until finally retiring at the age of 54, when the MS began to take its toll.
Toni and Larry enjoyed traveling. They went to Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and Holland. Her favorite city was Paris. She also loved collecting. She would collect small items from the cities they visited and use them to decorate the house. She also collected pens, music boxes, and had an extensive stamp collection. However, her favorite collection were her pets. Various dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes would find their way to the Beall home. Toni never bought any pets, they just managed show up somehow, and much to the surprise of her husband. For a short period, there was also a pair of ducks and that “damn rooster”. Her love affair with animals began at an early age with the two horses she had when she was a girl. She loved to ride, and would spend hours riding them down in the Arroyo Seco.
She loved her horses, but she also loved horsepower. All her cars had one thing in common, They were FAST. Her favorite was also the first new car she ever owned. A white 2001 Nissan 300Z. She thoroughly enjoyed blasting her rock music in it when she would pick up her niece, Danielle, from school. According to Danielle, she was a “cool” aunt.
There were many cherished moments throughout her life; seeing her son get married, her daughter who hated school receive both her bachelors and master’s degrees, and the amazing births of her grandchildren. She loved her Mother’s cooking, mostly when the family got together for holidays. She especially loved Christmas when the family would gather. Besides her family, it is horses that were her greatest joy. Seeing another Triple Crown winner was on her bucket list. Thank you California Chrome!
Toni was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Margaret. She is survived by her spouse, Larry, her son and daughter-in-law Ray and Nicole, her daughter and son-in law Roxanne and Stuart, her grandchildren Amanda and Raymond Jr., her baby sister Roberta, and Niece Danielle.
Rather than mourn the death of Toni, she wanted her family and friends to celebrate her life. Please dance a little longer, sing a little louder, hug a little tighter, and laugh…laugh…laugh!!!
We encourage that those of you that would like to attend the service wear something in the color purple because that was Toni's favorite color.
- Memorial Service Friday, January 27, 2017
Antoinette May Beall
August 26, 2018
Did work at the Pasadena Unified School District with Toni. My condolences to the family.
January 14, 2017
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I pray in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all
the joyful memories shared and will always cherish these beautiful memories . Romans 15:13 -
December 30, 2016
I was really sorry to hear that my cousin Toni passed away. I have so many good memories of her. When I was just a little kid, she was always one of my favorites, she had red hair like me and every time we went to visit, she was always strapping me in to the front seat of something that was Fast & Loud! I know that this is where I got my love for things that make noise and go fast. Those are good memories. Over the years the family spread out and we lost contact up until a few years ago when we got back in touch via the internet. She was still the same, bigger than life person that I always enjoyed and will remember. ~Tom "Tommy" Bowen
December 29, 2016
So sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. May your faith in God, time and good memories lessen your sadness.
December 27, 2016
May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad time Psalms 29:11