July 25, 2021
Toni (Maria Antonieta) Williams passed away on Sunday,July 25, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents,Arturo Jaime Garcia and Maria Antonieta Cantu, and she is survived by her sisters, Lucy de la Garza (Bobby), Gracie Engert, and Gloria Miranda; nephew Max Miranda (Nora); niece Katarina Robin Miranda; niece Eva Marie Engert Torres (JC); and grand-nephew and -niece, Carl Torres and Beatrice Grace Torres. Toni lived life at full tilt. A graduate of the McHi Class of 1967, she was an active member of several school clubs and excelled in advanced academic classes. She married her high school sweetheart, David Williams, a musician who introduced her to the world of rock and roll and enabled her to meet several famous rock and roll musicians backstage. A graduate of Pan American University in Edinburg, Toni succeeded as an executive with the State Department of Human Resources while she lived in Austin. Among her professional accomplishments, she was proudest of setting up the first project for the Census Bureau Community Survey for underprivileged families, a tool still in use by the Census Bureau today. Toni relocated to McAllen a few years after her divorce. She taught high school with the Hidalgo School District and sponsored the cheerleaders. After her retirement, Toni became active in the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where she served as an ambassador and board member. Toni also initiated a girls’ leadership program with the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. She was an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party, women’s issues, and the environment. Toni loved to travel and explored the world with her parents and friends. Beloved by her family and countless friends, Toni will be deeply missed. At Toni’s request, there will be no graveside service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Toni’s favorite charities: Sierra Club, Disabled Veterans of America, Mujeres Unidas, Planned Parenthood, or Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley.
Toni (Maria Antonieta) Williams passed away on Sunday,July 25, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents,Arturo Jaime Garcia and Maria Antonieta Cantu, and she is survived by her sisters, Lucy de la Garza (Bobby), Gracie Engert, and Gloria... View Obituary & Service Information
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