Tonia T. Harvey

Tonia T. Harvey passed away quietly on August 4, 2014.  She was born to Florence and Wallace Tanner on October 19, 1938 in Los Angeles, California.  She and her sister Virginia spent most of their younger years in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.  Tonia earned her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 1960 in Sociology.  She and her former husband, David Harvey, moved to San Jose to raise their three children Bruce, Heather, and Jennifer.  In 1977 she earned her Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Women’s Studies.  In 1979, Tonia and her life partner Peter Ford moved to McDermitt, Nevada, where they used their knowledge and skills to write health grants for the McDermitt Paiute Reservation.  In 1983 they moved to Baker, Nevada, and Tonia ran the Lehman Caves Gift Shop and Cafe for 20 years.  In 2011, she and Peter moved to Salt Lake City to better address her Alzheimer’s needs.

Tonia is succeeded by her sister, Virginia Golder (husband George).  She is also succeeded by her children: Bruce (wife Trish and daughter Corina), Heather Lyn (husband John), and Jennifer (husband Mark), as well as her step-children: Heather Ann (husband David and children Kelsey, Cody, and Madeline), Chris ( wife Mari), William (wife Sno and children Shane and Chance), Charris (wife Dulcie and children Kashius and Phoenix), and Shandaken (wife Julia and children Shandaken, Skylar, and Bryce).

She was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Peter Ford.

Tonia and Peter laughed, loved, and lived together under the shadow of Mt. Wheeler and the Snake Creek Range.  They will be forever remembered in those mountains by us all.

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  1. Tonia and Peter, my gosh! You brought much sunshine and hope to my life in very challenging times. Very good memories in Baker with you! I have missed you both and always will. I still remember and always will, Peter’s happy laugh and positive ways and outlook. Tonia’s smile and positive aura lit-up any room or area she was in.You both will indeed, be remembered in many hearts and minds, including my own, in those majestic and sacred mountains, forever! As positive and good as you both were, I believe you both to be in a wonderful, positive Heaven and smiling once again, joined together! Thank you for the honor, of knowing you!

  2. Larry Dunton says:

    Now both of my dear Baker friends are gone. I worked closely with Peter in the EMS and Tonia in economic development. They were both gracious and wonderful people. Baker has surely missed their contributions to the area

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