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Toni Jean Bishop

29_obit_toni-bishop_0790Toni Jean Bishop, 58, of Brady, passed away on Nov. 1 in Columbus, Ohio, following a courageous battle with cancer, her family was at her side. She was a beloved wife, dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

A memorial service will be held on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 123 Fourth Ave. SW, Conrad.

Toni was born on Dec. 20, 1953 in Conrad to Earl Sheldon and Cleo (Stokes) Sheldon. She was a 1972 graduate of Conrad High School and married the love of her life Jerry Bishop of Brady on Oct. 28, 1972. For the past 21 years, Toni proudly worked at Farm Credit Services of Montana, where she was promoted to Operations Manager over the Northern Montana District in 2006. Toni was active in the community, she served on the Brady School Board for 12 years and was a longtime member of the Brady Community Hall Board.

Toni and Jerry made a home in Brady in 1977 and never left. Her true calling was as a mother to her three boys Beau, Tucker and Cade. She never missed an opportunity to cheer them on from the stands and in life. In December 2011, Toni was overjoyed to become a grandma to Payden James Bishop.

Toni was an avid fisherman and could often be found chucking steel into Nilan Reservoir.  She loved camping and horseback riding at Benchmark and her family reunions at Holland Lake. Later in life, she relished the chance to travel, most often to wherever her boys called home. Among her favorites were Florida State and Ohio State football games, the beaches of St. John, USVI, Glacier Park and even the Kentucky Derby.

She is survived by husband of 40 years, Jerry; children, Beau (Amy) of Columbus, Ohio, Tucker and Cade of Brady; grandson Payden; brothers, Dale Sheldon and Earl Sheldon and sisters, Esther Klette and Carol Verbus; extended family and friends. She will be forever missed and loved.