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Cynthia Lucille (Toy) Smith, 61, of Berkeley California, passed away at Alta Bates Medical Center on October 7, 2016. Toy had been a quadriplegic for the past 33 years due to a highway accident.
She had suffered an ongoing sepsis infection that resulted in her death.
She passed around 11:00 p.m., surrounded by Brian Reed, his sister Karen, and a wonderful caregiver assistant named Wennah Stafford. Brian and Karen's brother Ken, was Toy's long-time partner.
He passed the previous year of septic shock.
Toy was born August 18, 1955, to Jacqueline Ellis Smith and John Austin Smith of Muskogee OK.
She attended Longfellow grade school, West Jr. High, and Muskogee High School. Toy was elected cheerleader at Muskogee High School, and enjoyed participating on the tennis team.
Toy attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah OK, earning a bachelor's degree in Education.
She taught elementary school in Hitchita OK, which was a highlight in her life. After her accident in Oklahoma, Toy moved to Berkeley CA, and went on to earn Master's degree in Education from the University of California at Berkeley.
A sports enthusiast, Toy was a dedicated member of The Babes women's softball team in Muskogee, and continued to follow baseball and fall football while living in California. She was an avid reader and music lover, developing a passion for ancestral history research and documentation. Toy also enjoyed writing original short stories. An animal lover, Toy especially adored cats, having one or two always by her side.
Toy is survived by her sister, Susan L. Smith of Chicago IL, and Steven M. Smith of Ventura CA.
She was preceded in death by parents Jackie and John Smith of Muskogee OK and Santa Clara CA; grandparents A. Ray and Nell Smith of Muskogee, and grandparents James G. and Helen S. (Tutie) Ellis of Oklahoma City OK.
Funeral services will be held on June 18, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., in Grace Episcopal Church in Muskogee. Father John Henry Rule officiating. Guests are also welcome to join the family and friends for a graveside prayer at Memorial Park Cemetery after Church services.
Published on  June 9, 2017
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