Antoinette "Toni" Seales

May 9, 1961 - May 26, 2024

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Antoinette Seales, known to most as Toni or Annie, died 26 May 2024 at Avamere in Port Townsend, Washington, surrounded by loving friends and caretakers. In her last years she struggled with a deteriorating neurological disease. Toni was born on 9 May 1961 in Tucson Arizona, to Edith and John Seales. Art, music, and the outdoors filled her life with joy. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Fine Arts, from the Gemological Institute of America with a Certificate in Jewelry Manufacturing Art, and Olympic College as an Industrial Trades Technician. Her jewelry is lovely, inspired by the natural beauty of Hawaii, mythological creatures, Renaissance instruments, and a vivid imaginative creativity. Toni played a number of different instruments, including recorders, viols, sackbut, sang in the Medieval Womens’ Choir, and was active in organizations that supported these interests. She changed careers from jeweler to pipefitter, the latter at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. She joined motorcycle meet-ups to range over the Puget Sound area on wheel and on foot. Toni became a beer aficionado and especially enjoyed locating new brews and pubs with her close friend Dick Waldo. They were happy to spend a fulfilling part of their lives together. By her choice, there is no planned memorial. Toni donated her body to the University of Washington Brain Lab in hope that scientists can learn more about her disease and, ultimately, discover successful treatment. Her remains will go to Earth Funeral, a human composting facility, and subsequently returned to the forest at an undisclosed site (again, by her choice).


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