Gail Lorraine (James) Toney was born to Nathaniel and Betty James, in San Antonio, Texas. She married her husband Michael July 26, 1987. She began her schooling at Holy Redeemer Catholic School, graduated from Highlands High School, and received her degree in Journalism from Southwest Texas State University. As a teenager Gail worked for Handy Andy then moved into management at HEB. She later built a career with the Department of Defense (Kelly AFB) and Social Security Administration. Never letting grass grow under feet, she started her own business, M-Pact Social Security and purchased and renovated homes in the community she grew up in. Gail was a loving and supportive mother, never missing a school or sporting event. She was a tremendous mentor to her children, always providing encouragement and direction. She was proud of their accomplishments and always let them know. She found great joy in helping people, especially her mother. She was a beautiful woman inside and out and dressed to impress; Queen of Soul Miss Congeniality and featured in National Geographic as representative of St. Philip’s College in the river parade. Her smile could light up a room, skin smooth as silk and her eyes sparkled like diamonds. Most of all she loved the Lord. Gail prayed quietly and consistently and shared her belief in Jesus Christ with anyone who cared to listen. Gail is survived by her husband Michael; daughter Erika; son Miles; mother Betty; brothers Charles (Mary) and Alvin (Judy); sister Diane; many nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts. She will be missed by numerous friends she has made during her journey of life. She found strength and courage during her battle with cancer from the fellowship at Holy Redeemer and the sermons and prayers of Father Kevin. Gail’s Faith never wavered and her spirit is in Heaven, joining her father Nathaniel and brother William in eternal life.

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  1. To the Toney Family, The members of the Jolivette family are saddened to learn about the passing of your spouse and mother, Gail Toney. She was admired for her drive, ambition, and awesome sense of humor/personality. We will truly miss her smile and presence. We are thinking of you and will continue to lift you and your family members up in prayer during this period of bereavement. Please let us know if we can assist you in anyway. Additionally, remember to cherish your memories of Gail and family experiences. Lastly, we leave you with this poem as an expression of our sympatny and to let you know that we care. Miss Me, But Let Me Go Author Unknown When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me. I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little—but not too long, and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that was once shared. Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone. It’s all a part of the master’s plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know. Bear your sorrow in good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.

  2. I am really going to miss, Gail! I would always tell her and her sister Diane! When is their next Tour? They Remind Me, of the Girl group The Jones Girls! I was either the performer before they came out! Because, They was so beautiful? I would have to be their Body Guard Also!

  3. From childhood, my greatest admiration and respect. Always smiling, laughing, happy. Holy Redeemer was a blast! And thanks for those Sunday visits with you and Aunt Betty. So Long, I’ll be at the other place…Pat James

  4. Gail was a friend and classmate of mine at Highlands High School, were we met. I remember Gail being very outspoken and a kind and friendly person! Yes, she was an immaculate dresser and very beautiful. May the Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and comfort each of you in your time of bereavement. Sincerely, Yvonne Molett #HHSclassof74

  5. Gail is resting in the peace of Heaven… virus, no pain, no worries!🙏 We’re left here to figure this out, so count on the Lord….May God bless you, Miles, and Erica😇

  6. We want to give our deepest condolences to the the family of Gail James Toney. Mike, Erica and Miles we will be praying for you. Thelma, Keith, Wiliam and Ashley Austin God Bless.

  7. Gail was all about how can I help you be better. Thank you for your words of affirmation. You will be truly missed but this is not good bye, is a see you later.

  8. I caught up with Gail a few years ago. I was working at the Express News. She was working at our Credit Union. We both attended Highlands High School. She was Miss Soul back in ‘73 or ‘74. She still looked amazing. I always liked passing by and seeing her wonderful smile. Gail was always warm and friendly. Condolences to her family. She will be missed.

  9. We were best friends in High School (Highlands) Patricia Davis Back then. We lost contact after high school when I moved away to California. Condolences and Prayers for your family. RIP

  10. Gail was a classmate and friend at highlands High. We lived in the same neighborhood. I remember seeing your picture on the cover of a national magazine and thought how beautiful you were. You are an angel and will be loved and missed.

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