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Toni had many loves in my life. Mainly, her strong testimony in God and His gospel teachings in the Holy Scriptures as well as being a member of The Church of Jeusu Christ of Latter-day Saints. She often said, "people may be weak but God's principles are not" all while welcoming people of all faiths into her life as friends.
She also felt a deep abiding love for her fraternal twin children, Joshua and Amanda as well as her beautiful grandchildren. If anyone of them said "I love you" she would respond, "I love you more".
She greatly loved her extended family as well as maintaining friendships with lifelong friends.
Toni was a foodie long before that was a trend. She often told her family, "since I can't afford to take you around the world, I will bring the world to you". She accomplished that by learning how to cook dishes from many countries and teaching her family about the places each dish was from. She was generous in sharing her cooking talents with family, friends, and neighbors.
She enjoyed many hobbies such as sewing, quilting, hand embroidery, jewelry making, knitting, attempting crochet, and occasionally beading.
Last but certainly not least, she greatly loved to read. She collected books. In fact, at one time she thought she may have even had at least 1,000 books in her possession. She enjoyed classic literature, mysteries, romance, and sci-fi fantasy. She would also read cookbooks like others read novels. As a graduate with a B.A in English (from Humboldt State U. in 1988), she often said, words were her life. She read, wrote short stories, wrote in her journal, and talked A LOT.
Toni had the 'gift of gab' and wasn't shy. She knew no strangers. Everyone, rich and poor were worthy of having a conversation with. Anyone that knew her knew if you asked how she was, she wouldn't just say "fine", you'd get a full answer. She spoke openly with everyone and held back nothing. She was a feisty Mexican/Italian and forgave as quickly as she got upset. She held no malice in her heart and taught her family that no matter how much someone may bother you, forgiving is more important.
Due to health issues all her adult life, she remained financially poor but always claimed she was rich in life as long as she had her children and grandchildren. Her greatest legacy was to instill her love of God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ, in her children. She held a hope to her last day that this love and testimony would list through the generations to follow her.
Toni passed away at the age 65, peacefully in her sleep. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Vidal and Nello Bottari. She is survived by her son, Joshua Michael Golden (his children, Andrew, Sabrina, Mariah, and Garrett) and by her daughter, Amanda Mary Golden Strong (husband Jason and daughter Rachel).
*the scripture passage that changed the course of her life therefore had the most meaning to her is found in:
The Book of Mormon
" For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things, which theLord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father."