Toby Green Tronson, An Indomitable Spirit, age 66 of Billings, passed away at her home on August 23, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
Toby Sue Green was born on April 6, 1946, at Deaconess Hospital in Billings. She was educated in the Billings Public School System, graduating from Billings Senior High School in 1964. She continued her education earning a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from Eastern Montana College (MSUB) and later a Master’s Degree in high school guidance counseling from Montana State University. Toby taught elementary school in Billings and was a Guidance Counselor at Flathead County High School in Kalispell. Upon returning to Billings she opened Rose Park Learning Center with one of her best friends Cindy Harrison.
Toby died of a very rare type of cancer that returned after being in remission for thirty five years. Not once did she express anger or bitterness nor did she want sympathy, she understood the inevitable outcome and looked both the cancer and death in the eye and never blinked. She had a list of things she wanted to do and death would just have to wait. She had faith in God and near the end, when her suffering was greatest, she gathered her family around her and told them she was looking forward to the next great adventure.
Among her greatest memories were the summers she spent as a child and young woman working side by side with the hired men at her Aunt and Uncle’s ranch at Volborg, Montana. It was a large cattle ranch and she learned many things including which cows to punch and which cows to poke.
She loved her home and enjoyed nothing more than having family and friends around to enjoy the good times. Toby also enjoyed days spent on the Yellowstone River jet boating or riding behind her husband, Bill, on the Electra Glide with daughter Cora Lee fast asleep in the side car.
Toby’s generosity was limitless; she took great pride in giving truckloads of toys, clothing and domestic items to the YWCA Gateway House. She donated almost six hundred children’s books to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County. On several other occasions she gave significant amounts of cash to good people who needed and hand up; all anonymously. Her final gift, was her strong desire to donate her body to science, which was made possible by Montana State University WWAMI body donation program.
Toby is survived by her husband and boyfriend Bill Tronson and daughter Cora Lee of the family home. Also surviving are son Daniel Allen Brown of Billings; Melissa Martinez (Steve and Lizzy) of Aurora, Colo; Greg Tronson of Denver; Jamie Sue Shelhamer of Billings; and Samuel T Shelhamer, Gunnery Sergeant/USMC, Yuma, Arizona, (Amanda, Ariana); and granddaughter Alysa Stensby of Billings.
The quality of friends is a true measure of a person’s life; Toby was blessed to have Jerry and Wanda Anderson, Diane Harn, Cory Bruce, niece Kelly Scoles, Jay and Martha Gracio, Bob and Linda Schmaing, their sons Jerry and John and Bob’s extended family, Cindy Harrison, Patty Monger and Sue Grondin, as dearest friends. Kris Keup and Jan McCandless were lifelong friends; she is also survived by cousins George Hand, Bill Hand, Charles Hand, Rose Hand, Edna Jensen and Carolyn Petersohn, all of whom Toby loved, as do Chris and Terry Tronson and their daughters Alice Sheely(Kyle, Weston), Kate and Leeann Tronson.
Preceding Toby in death were her loving father Bill Green, and her beloved aunt and uncle, Edna Rose and Nibs Allen.
The family wishes to thank all of the friends and neighbors for their outpouring of love as well as the 4th floor nurses and staff at the Billings Clinic, nurses and staff at Rocky Mountain Home Health Care and the nurses and staff at Rocky Mountain Hospice.
A celebration of Toby’s life will be held at a later date. God Speed my Special Angel.