Tonyi Lynn Crandell Odell of Washington was a gift to this world, born on Tuesday September 25th, 1973 in Oklahoma to Wanda Pitts and Leonard Crandell. She left her earthly body at OSHU Hospital in Portland, Oregon early Saturday morning October 30, 2021 after a prolonged illness and surgical complications.
Tonyi was a mother of 3 beautiful children Cody, Nadia, and Nina. She loved them deeply and was proud of who they grew up to be. She was also a devoted sister to her only sister Janiece. She left behind her loving husband as well when she left her bodily cocoon to be a butterfly. She also left behind many other family and friends that her life touched.
Tonyi loved to read and was a gifted writer. She earned her masters degree in technical writing from CMSU in Springfield, MO and then went on to teach as a teachers assistant for high schools and also to work as a newspaper reporter for newspapers in Branson, Missouri and Mcalister, Oklahoma. Some of her notable interviews were with an Oklahoma senator, the band Foreigner, and Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin. Her favorite interviews, though, were with seniors who had lived through the great depression and world war 2. She loved having a chance to document their life stories and share them.
Tonyi loved nature and camping. She was content to just grab a chair go to the woods and read in the breeze. She loved to walk to the ocean and hold hands and just watch the waves. She enjoyed wildlife and could talk to eagles and get them to talk back to her. She was able to call horses to her as well, sometimes with the riders still on them. She loved all animals and picked our puppy out and bottle fed him from 2 and half weeks until he could eat solid food.
She was a naturally gifted watercolor painter although she would never call herself an artist she was and not just with art but with painting her life and making everyone around her a little brighter with the brush of her spirit and smile. Tonyi’s favorite color was ocean blue. Her favorite movie was Masterminds, a comedy we watched over and over. Anyone that got to hear her laughter would want to hear it again and again. It was contagious. She loved being silly and making light of things. Her favorite tv shows were Rick Steves Europe – a travel show, Frasier – a comedy, and The Repair Shop – a Netflix British show where they fix up family heirlooms and antiques for folks. Her favorite animal was our dog Petie, after that she had her spirit animals: the bear and the elephant.
Tonyi was always reading and trying to get to the truth of things wherever that led her. She wasn’t Hindu but enjoyed the fact that in India elephants represent the over-comers of fears and limitations and that is why they are portrayed dancing with the mice they are supposed to be afraid of. She lived a fearless life as well – full of love and hope for all. She made us better by being here for the time she could be here.
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