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Toni Barron Choate of Midland, Texas, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, March 3, 2012, at the age of 73. She was a lifelong resident of Big Spring before moving to Midland in 2005. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1001 Goliad, Big Spring. The Rev. Barbara Kirk-Norris of St. Mary's, Fr. Tom Finne of Christ Church of Midland and the Rev. Katie Churchwell of Washington, D.C., will officiate. A reception will immediately follow the service in the Parish Hall until 4 p.m.
Toni was born to Tony and Billie Barron on Nov. 27, 1938, in Lamesa, Texas. She married Wade Choate on Jan. 17, 1959, in Big Spring and they had been married 53 years.
A graduate of Big Spring High School in 1957, she was a player on the State Champion Big Spring High School 1955-1956 Volleyball team. Toni and her classmates reunited and reminisced annually across the United States. In addition to owning and operating The Accent Shoppe, Toni served as the First Lady of Big Spring from 1972-1980 and was selected "Coming Home Queen" at BSHS in 1987.
She was active with many boards and charities, including the Heritage Museum, Malone Hogan Hospital Volunteer "Pink Ladies,â€ť Garden Club, Hyperion and the founding board of Canterbury Retirement Home.
Toni devoted her time to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Toni and her husband, Wade, owned and operated Choate Company Inc., a petroleum land service company, for 30 years in Big Spring and Midland. They were members of St. Mary's Episcopal Church before moving to Midland, where they are members of Christ Church of Midland.
Toni is survived by her husband, Wade Choate, former Mayor of Big Spring; son, Kyle Choate of Midland; son-in-law, Kyle Cook of Stanton; four grandchildren, Ragan and husband Justin Outlaw of Midland, Justin and Casie Darden of Big Spring, Kevin Cook and Cayla Cook, both of Stanton; five great-grandchildren, Brannon Dae Darden and Bryleigh Darden of Big Spring, Hunter Wade Outlaw and Kade Westly Outlaw of Midland and Wheeler Cook of Stanton; and one brother, Jerry Barron and wife Carlene of Seabrook, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Melody Ann Cook; and granddaughter-in-law, Erin Cook.
Pallbearers are Todd Gibson, Taylor Sell and Chris Ragan of Midland; Gary Griffin of Odessa; Tommy Churchwell, Robert H. Moore III and Henry de la Rosa of Big Spring; and Adrian de la Rosa and Henry de la Rosa Jr. of Austin. Honorary pallbearers are the BSHS class of '57.
The family suggests memorials to The Heritage Museum of Big Spring, 510 Scurry St., Big Spring, TX 79720; Midland Hospice, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, TX 79702; the American Cancer Society; or your favorite charity.
Visitation will be at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Big Spring on Friday, March 9, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com