Toni Thompson Harrison

Toni Thompson Harrison died peacefully of ALS at the age of 77 on April 3, 2019. She was the daughter of the late George Henry and Gertrude (Clark) Thompson, sister of the late Patricia (Thompson) McQueen, and was also predeceased by her husband Charles Albert Harrison Jr. Toni was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, Nana and friend.

She is survived by her children, Kath Whelan with Eric Boyle, Timothy Whelan with Rachel Bodner, Lindsay Harrison with Jamie Jacques, Louise Joyce, her husband Mark, and Cynthia Ottilige and her husband George. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren Matthew Joyce, Lauren Joyce Opeil and husband Bryant, Katherine Joyce and husband Will Townsend, Jennifer Ottilige Martel and husband Josh, Andrea Ottilige, Thea Whelan with Derek Hackett, and Chloë Whelan. In addition, she is survived by her great-grandsons Orion and Julian Martel, and well as many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Toni was a devoted Anglican, passionate gardener, avid reader and foodie. Over the years her love of theater, history and genealogy informed her jobs as a cemetery manager for an historic cemetery and as a professional floral designer trained in England. All who knew her knew her as an Anglophile! She loved new experiences - getting her first tattoo at 76 years old! Over the years as a congregant, she volunteered as a choir member, organized alter guilds, floral guilds, and volunteered where needed for each parish in which she was a member. She was loved by all who knew her and was a blessing in the lives of many.

Toni's motto, borrowed from Hunter S. Thompson (perhaps a relative?) was...

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow!”

Toni's Funeral Service will be held on Saturday April 27, 2019 at 2:00pm in The Church of the Redeemer 655 Hope Street Providence. A reception will follow in the parish hall. The Rev. Patrick Campbell will officiate at the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate the life of Toni T. Harrison.

The family would like to thank Hope Hospice , the staff at the Phillip Hulitar Hospice Center and the Butterfield Home and Chapel for making the arrangements with care and dignity.

Memorials and donations may be made to the ALS Foundation

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Donna Boyer-Camara - 04/06/2019

My deepest sympathy to Toni’s family and friends. She was beautiful soul. 🌸

Pamela Masse - 04/06/2019

Sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family

Christine Richardson - 04/06/2019

I feel lucky to have met Toni at yoga... As soon as you met her you knew she was very special. Wishing you peace.

Alaina Petri - 04/06/2019

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. She was an amazing woman.

Melissa LaMay Tinnesand - 04/07/2019

My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved Toni. She was an amazing lady and I will always remember her kindness.

Beth and Ken DiRaimo - 04/07/2019

Sincerely sorry for your loss. She was an inspiration .

Kristi Dance-Kinkead - 04/07/2019

We love you guys and hope you can find comfort and inspiration in her beautifully full life.

Marianne McDonnell - 04/08/2019

So very sorry for your loss Cindy and family. May love and peace be with you .

Lisa taylor - 04/08/2019

So sorry for your loss .. Toni will be remembered for her acute since of humor! May she forever rip

Martha and Chris Fournier - 04/08/2019

Deepest sympathy to the whole family.
May her memory be a blessing.
Rest eternal grant her O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.

Rick and Alice Gebhart - 04/15/2019

So sorry for your loss. I can only remember Toni smiling! She has left that smile to all members of her family. Friendship and love especially to Lou and Cindy in your grief.

Mark and Louise Joyce - 04/27/2019

Sitting here in CCU with Louise and Lauren reminiscing about Toni/Nana and wishing we could all be with our family to celebrate her very full life.

William Mitchell - 04/27/2019

Cathy and I would like to extend our deepest condolences for you and your family during this hard time. God bless you

Rev. Barbara Mays-Stock - 04/27/2019

I am so sorry for the loss of Toni. She was so very special to the Deacon’s community of The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. She cooked for us, listened to us, comforted us and walked with us through our training and long after. She will be missed, but I know God has welcomed her into the next Chapter of Life.

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