“Your presence we miss. Your memory we treasure. Loving you always, forgetting you never.”
Antronette Magee Armant, affectionately regarded as “Toni “, was born on Wednesday, June 14, 1950 in Franklinton, Louisiana to Warren and Betty Jean Magee. She was the first-born and the only girl. Toni had two brothers, Clifford Magee and Nathaniel "Bo" Magee, whom she loved dearly.
She moved to Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 14 and had the opportunity to live with and spend time with her Uncle Woodrow and Aunt Eva Magee until the age of 20. She graduated from David G. Farragut High School and attended Wilson Junior College. During Toni’s time in Chicago, she worked at the family-owned grocery store. It was there that Toni began to learn about customer service, the financial operations at the store, and how to engage and successfully intermingle with customers. Toni always had a kind word and exhibited a positive attitude with all who visited the store. It was often stated that, “Toni never met a stranger”. This proved true throughout her life.
Toni gave her life to Christ at an early age and was a faithful and dedicated servant of the Word throughout her life. She was an active member of Carter Temple A.M.E. Church in Chicago where she served on the Junior Board and was a member of the Young Adult Choir.
Toni returned to New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of 20 to be with her family. There, she met and gave her heart to the love of her life, Joseph Neil "Squeak" Armant. They were married for 42 years until his death in 2020. Joseph and Toni had three sons - Ron, Jeffrey, and Justin. She was employed at the Federal Reserve (Fed) of New Orleans for nine years. Toni efficiently combined the customer service skills learned at her aunt and uncle’s store with her work at the Fed.
Toni and Squeak moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1980, and she continued her career at the Federal Reserve (Fed) of Dallas. Toni successfully worked in various departments throughout her career and retired in 2015 after 44 years of exemplary service. After retirement, she continued her caring, loving, giving and supportive spirit by caring for her beloved husband until his passing. Through it all, Toni remained positive, optimistic, steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work and situation that was presented to her. Circumstances did not steal her beautiful smile and kind words … she continuously shared both, often uplifting those who were sent to uplift her.
Toni joined Hamilton Park United Methodist Church in Dallas where she was an active member of the congregation and took great delight in the “Status Roll of Women (SROW) Ministry”. These ladies learned the Word, shared the Word, and became true Sisters in Christ. They were there to support one another and help those inside and outside of the Church. They made phone calls to check on one another and engaged in regular outings with one another. They were God-fearing women who were there for one another through the good and challenging times. Toni knew the Word, shared the Word and lived the Word. She was a dedicated and faithful servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was blessed with a nurturing personality and a compassion for caring for and helping others.
Toni loved to travel near and far with family and friends and had a story about each place she visited. She had lots of friends and each one had a special place in her heart. Toni loved her family. She was very proud of her sons and their families. She often talked about her mom (Ma Betty) and beloved brother, Nathaniel (Bo). She adored her grandchildren and always gave them sound advice, guidance, and direction. She mentored them in a loving and nurturing manner. Toni loved to FaceTime Baby Caleb (4 months old) to see his reactions to her voice, new moves of him lifting his head, cooing, moving around, or sleeping. Toni loved her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew, and cousins along with her great-nieces and nephews. She truly, truly loved her family and friends.
“To Be Absent from the Body is to Be Present with the Lord”
On Thursday, October 7, 2021, after her sons assured her they would be okay, our beloved Antronette Magee Armant peacefully transitioned from labor to reward while surrounded by family and loved ones. Her short battle with cancer had come to an end, only for her heavenly journey to begin. Thank God for “Toni, Ma, NeeNee, Aunt Nette, Aunt Toni, and Friend”.
Toni was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph “Squeak” Armant; father, Warren Magee; and brother, Clifford Magee. Those left to cherish lasting memories include her three sons - Ron Joseph (Otti) of Arlington, Texas, Jeffrey Armant of Mesquite, Texas, and Justin Armant (Moneicia) of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren - Latorria, Ross, Mejia, Aylissa, Jacob, Jada and Baby Caleb; mother, Betty Jean Magee; brothers, Nathaniel "Bo" Magee (Leona) and Ronta Magee (Chan); sister; Patricia Shaffer (Charles); sister-in-law, Carolyn Spears (Curtis); brother-in-law; Gale Armant (Gail Rose); Linda Magee; and a host of nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and devoted friends.
Rest in sweet peace, our beloved Toni! We will always love you!