Toni Gay Barrett


Toni Gay Barrett, 59, of Duluth, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep at home on March 15, 2020 of natural causes.

Toni was born in Duluth on Dec. 8, 1960 to Dorlene and Thomas Erickson Sr. She graduated from Duluth Central High School in β€˜79. She joined the U.S. Navy and served 6 years. Toni enjoyed learning and enrolled at UMD and continued her education. She loved to write and had a wonderful gift for poetry. Toni was an avid gardener with a green thumb and was always surrounded by gardens. She could grow anything. She always had a cat, or two, in her home and Taya and Midnight were her constant companions. Music held a special place in Toni’s heart, from loving The Osmonds as a young teenager to Steve Perry in Journey helping to heal her during struggles in her adult life. As a great-aunt she took a mentorship role and just adored her nieces and nephews. She baked very well and always brought her treats to share, especially at Christmas and birthdays. Time with family meant so much to her. Toni was loyal to those she loved, and would be there, without fail, to support them. Even in her death she wanted to help people, and was a donor with the American Donor Services. She worked many jobs over her life, but most recently worked at Fond-du-luth Casino. She was a loyal fan of the MN Vikings and Twins. Toni was well-loved and will be missed by many.

Toni is preceded in death by her biological father, Thomas Erickson Sr.; step-father, Michael Kenney; uncle, Carl Carlstrom; aunt, Bonnie Boyd; great-aunt, Geneva Carlstrom; grandparents, Chester and Gunhild Carlstrom; and great-nephew, Beauden Shaw.

Toni is survived by her son, Jared Troy; mother, Dorlene Kenney; siblings, Tammy (Michael) Hanzlik, Thomas Jr., and Todd; aunts, Karen (Del) Haskins and Kathy (Thomas) Olson; close friend, Keith Grinnell; nieces and nephews, Brandon, Jon, Brooke, Brittany, Shawn, Brandon James, Courtney, Luca, Sadie, and Breccen; and several extended family members and friends.

Graveside service with military honors to be held at 11 am on Friday, June 19th at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery. Burial to follow.

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