Geri Lynn Toyekoyah

September 26, 1967 - October 12, 2019
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Geri Lynn Toyekoyah, 52, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was born to Marland Lee and Dawn Cecille (Daugomah) Toyekoyah at Lawton Indian Hospital on September 26, 1967 and passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
Geri Lynn graduated Salutatorian/Class President of her class from Anadarko High School in 1985. She continued her education with the largest scholarship awarded in her class and graduated from Dartmouth College class of 1989, where she was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. She obtained her Masters of Public Health from The University of Oklahoma, 2005
She started working for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 1993 as a Disease Intervention Specialist. As a child growing up in Phoenix, AZ, she joined the Girl Scouts of the USA and became a troop leader for many years for Special Needs Scouts.
Geri Lynn is survived by her children, Matthew Arthur James, Katielynn Lee Dawn and John Akie Tahgaah Hall, all of Albuquerque, NM: her father Marland Lee Toyekoyah Sr., of Anadarko, OK: Brothers Marland "Bonner" Toyekoyah Jr. and wife Sha, Anadarko, OK, Allie Jason Toyekoyah and companion Larissa Beard, of Oklahoma City, OK: Nephews: Sky Christopher James, Marland "Trey" III and Titan Noble Luke Toyekoyah; Nieces: Ahnawake Dahn and Leynne Annette Toyekoyah; Grandson Bradley Herrera Toyekoyah; Grandmother Juanita Daugomah Ahtone, Carnegie, OK: Grandfather Ronald (Daws) Twohatchet, Lawton, OK; Uncles: Bennett Earl Daugomah, Phoenix, AZ, Steve Bohay, Long Beach, CA; Aunts: Myra Leanne "Annie" Smith, Anadarko, OK, Debra Bohay, Norwalk, CA, Beth Anne Gooday, Carnegie, OK, Dina Mattie Gooday, Anadarko, OK; Special Friends: Deborah Cocker, Christine Burns, Letty Medina; Special Brothers Ronald "Chris" Paddlety, Miles "Punkin" Stephenson.

She was proceeded in death by her mother; Paternal grandmother Evaline Komalty Toyekoyah; Maternal grandparents Phil Ragan Sr and Mamie Daugomah Bohay: Uncles Bernie "Red Feather" Toyekoyah Sr., Thomas Wayne Bohay Sr., Russell Bohay, Phil Ragan Bohay Jr; Brothers: Matthew Alan Toyekoyah, Cameron Ray Williams.

Wake: 7 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2019
Ray & Martha's Funeral Chapel
Anadarko, Oklahoma
Funeral: 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019
Cedar Creek Methodist Church
Carnegie, Oklahoma
Burial: Elk Creek Tribal Cemetery
Hobart, Oklahoma

Services are under the direction of Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Anadarko, Oklahoma.


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John Van Hooser
San Francisco, CA
A huge loss for the Dartmouth Class of ‘89. Our sincerest condolences. Please let us know if there is anything our Class support organization, 89 Cares, can do for Geri’s family.  You can email me directly at [email protected]

With deepest sympathy,

John O. Van Hooser
President, Dartmouth Class of ‘89
Stacy Harper
Atlanta, GA
I am so sorry to hear this sad news.  Geri and I started together at CDC on the same day, both in West Palm Beach, Florida.  She was a dear friend and will be tremendously missed.  Her courage in fighting health battles, as well as going into battle for those she mentored, is legendary. 
Yours in service,
Stacy L. Harper
Janet Tahah
Cache, OK
I am sadden by the news of Geri Lynn’s passing. Always a sweet smile that will be truly missed. May God watch over her family and give them comfort
Bennett Daugomah
Phoenix, AZ
R.I.P. Saygee(niece)
Ninnette DeLaune
Anadarko, OK
So sorry to hear this news.  Condolences and prayers for all the family.
Bear Christensen
Catoosa, OK
My wife Shana and I are deeply saddened to hear the news of Geri’s passing.  My wife had professional contact with her and I knew her as a fellow Dartmouth alum. We want to give our sincerest prayers and condolences to her family and friends.
Renee
Lonewolf, OK
Prayers for the family
Michael Rogers
Charlotte, NC
Geri served as our Regional Supervisor.  Strength and blessings to the family!
LeAnn Allison
Albuquerque, NM
The NM Disease Prevention Team would like to express our condolences and prayers to Matthew, Katie, John and the rest of Geri's family.  It was a pleasure to work with Geri.  We are thankful for the time we had with Geri.
Michelle Scott
Atlanta, GA
Matt and Katie, how blessed you are to have had such a strong mother, who demonstrated integrity and honesty .  Geri was a light on a dark day, an inspiration to all; exhibited a "can do and a will do" attitude. Though she faced many challenges she knew and understood how precious life is; she never gave up.  Geri left a trail of beautiful memories.

My prayers are with you.
Jeffrey Pagan
Richmond, VA
Geri:

We have lost a good friend and a better human being. All my sympathy and prayers for her loved ones.
Marti Eisenberg
Raleigh, NC
I am so sorry to hear about Geri’s passing. I worked with Geri in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She was truly a good soul. My heart goes out to her family at this sad time.
Nicholas Sloop
Houston, TX
Hi Geri
I think we only met once, at a recent Regional Meeting. But, I have known you, "by name," for many years, for your mentions in CDC e-mails, and your many accomplishments. On our Team Texas call today Ricardo spoke of your dedication to your work. We will miss you.
Nick
PHA, Chicago 1991
Darlene Turner-Harper
Milwaukee, WI
My prayers are with the family during this time.  I met Geri at a conference, we talk about the correct saying of her name and we had some great laughs.  She truly was an inspiration to talk with.  Her struggles and battle with health is a true testament for courage and will power to persevere and press her way through rough times.  She was a jewel.
Ricardo R. Beato
San Francisco, CA
I had the privilege to work with Geri for the past five years.  She was a dedicated public health advisor, passionate about her work, and her commitment to make a difference in the programs she served.  She was also an exceptional human being.  She knew how to gather the strength to keep going, even through challenges and health issues.  Geri, I'm going to miss working with you.  And to the family, deepest condolences from me and the Western regional team at CDC. 
Ricardo
Jo Valentine
Atlanta, GA
Geri is remembered with respect for her work and gratitude for her service. My sympathies to her family and friends.
Janice Norwood
Atlanta, GA
Geri's strength and passion for public health will be remembered.  My condolences to the family.  In the days ahead may you find peace in knowing that Geri was a warrior dedicated with making a difference for her family and community.  Rest easy Geri, may the light of your love for your children surround them everyday.
Erin Holiday
Atlanta, GA
Although Geri and my work relationship didn't have us communication often, when we did, it was always refreshing. Working relationships like hers are few and far between. My wish is the family can find solace in knowing that Geri is truly at Peace.
Melinda Salmo
Philadelphia, PA
My thoughts are with her family. Geri will not be forgotten.
Vincent Ivery
Houston, TX
Geri your love will forever endure.  We are called in this life to live, to love, to learn and to leave a legacy.  Your legacy of dedication and hard work and love for family will always be remarkable.
Angelita Vasser
Houston, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God continue to watch over and keep them during this difficult time. RIH my dear angel.
Sharon Beets
Tulsa, OK
Geri was the President of our Senior Class in Anadarko HS.  She was one to lead by example and set trails for us all to follow.  Although we lost contact over the years it was nice to recently reconnect thru Facebook.  I pray for her children and family.  She will be missed as a true a warrior .  Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior! Class of 1985.
Sheri Brooks
Frisco, TX
It has been a pleasure and a privilege working with Geri. I am saddened to learn of the loss. But I believe Geri is resting in our Creator's arms. My prayers and thoughts are with each (family, friends and colleagues) as we continue celebrating the Life of Geri.
Danielle Doctor
Phoenix, AZ
Geri was another Dartmouth alum I met in Arizona along with other NAAAD. She enjoyed meeting us out to catch up and invited me into her life. I am truly sad about her passing. Her children and family are in my prayers.  She was a beautiful person.
Gail Bolan
Atlanta, GA
My sincere condolences to the family. I am praying for your strength and peace during your time of sorrow.
Beth Paap
Bayfield, WI
Sending comfort to Geri’s family and peace to her soul. I shall remember her great spunk and quick smile all those years ago at Dartmouth.
Charlie Ahhaitty
Moore, OK
May the Holy Spirit give strength to the family
Mary Ann Curtis
Charlotte, NC
I worked with Geri in both Fayetteville and Charlotte NC. So saddened to hear about her passing. May peace and strength be with her children and family.
Christine Burns
Cape Cod, MA
Geri was a caring soul with a great sense of humour, meeting life’s challenges with a positive and grateful attitude. We had great fun together at Dartmouth College, and were long distance friends after then. I had a wonderful visit with her and her family a few years ago in Phoenix . Sending my condolences to Geris family and friends.
Mabelle Drake Hueston
Corona del Mar, CA
What wonderful memories of her beautiful smile, many laughs, and great conversations as sisters of D Phi E and a fellow NAD. Geri, you will be missed, but never forgotten.  So sorry now that I missed you at Santa Fe this year, if just to get one more hug.  Good bye for now.  In Beauty, Mae and family
Deisa Pierre
Houston, TX
Geri was such a fun and energetic woman. I met her at the start of her career at CDC. We became great friends and had a lot of fun in West Palm Beach, Florida where she trained as a DIS. Through the years I watched her grow from a girl out of college to the career woman and mom she became. You will forever be missed but never forgotten. My condolences to your family.
Love from Deisa and Burton Pierre
Janette Johnson
Shreveport, LA
I met Geri many years ago in Shreveport , Louisiana. She always was a quiet lovely and most friendly person I have ever met. She was so dedicated to her children Matt, Katie and John and family. My cousin Ruby loved her very much. Geri would visited Ruby in Shreveport from time to time.She traveled with little Matt many miles with his soccer team and taking vacation with family. She loved her family and friends very much. Geri is leaving a legacy behind. A very strong and dedicated one.  After knowing more and hearing more about Geri. I can live my life more complete. She is now my example and my role model and will be to her children. I hate I didn't get to talk to her and the kids more. She is in better hands now with God almighty. To Matt, Katie and John. You all had a strong and dedicated mother. Please follow her teaching with dedication and respect.  Always remember Psalm 30 verse 5. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Unbelievable the person she was even after her health fail. She continue to be involved in her work and helping her kids. May God be with the entire family at this time with love. We love you all from the Hall and Johnson Family, Shreveport, Louisiana
Waldo Nino
Wichita falls, TX
RIP
Deebora Collier
Atlanta, GA
I came to the CDC in 2000 and was assigned to DSTDP as a Program Operations Assistant.  I did Time and Attendance and Travel for over 100 DSTDP Field Staff Employees (including Geri).

I don't remember meeting her in person but I spoke to her several times and she was one of the kindest people that I ever knew.  RIP, Geri.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Phillip Talboy
Atlanta, GA
Terri was a wonderful person.  She will be missed.
Hope Ivory
Atlanta, GA
I worked with Geri when I worked in Surveillance with the Mississippi Department of Health Office of HIV/STD... Geri was very sweet and kind. She taught our DIS many things during her time there. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. She definitely be missed.
Andre Cramblit
Arcata, CA
I don't remember much, but I do recall your smile, laugh, and warmth.  Maybe that is enough.
Lumbe' Davis
Atlanta, GA
Geri will be sorely missed. Many folks would have avoided working in Mississippi, but Geri worked in my home state. We were able to shares stories of what it was like to be a field assignee with the state health department there.
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