Keep Your Angels With You
On Friday, November 17, 2017, Toni Lynn Pearce Cline, passed away peacefully at the age of 73 surrounded by her family.Cline Photo
A native of Dallas, Texas, Toni attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri before attending Southern Methodist University and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education. She worked professionally as a spokeswoman, model, and actress throughout the 1960s and 1970s, most prominently as the spokeswoman for the Western Company, where she made famous the tag line, “If you don’t have an oil well, get one!” Toni was also a cattlewoman and ran the Flying Unicorn Cattle Company during the 1980s.
Toni was a long-time practitioner and teacher of Iyengar yoga. She taught yoga in Amarillo for over two decades, and her yoga students held a special place in her heart.
Toni believed in giving back to the community, and she volunteered with many charitable organizations over the years. She served on the boards of numerous organizations, some of which included Opportunity School, the Amarillo College Foundation, the Laura W. Bush Institute of Women’s Health, and Planned Parenthood.
More than anything else, Toni was a kind person. She was genuinely interested in people’s lives—she loved talking to people and listening to their stories. She told children that they were smart and nurses that they were beautiful. She believed in smiling wide and often.
Survivors include her husband, Richard “Ditt” Cline, Jr.; one daughter, Brandi Turner and husband Wes; one son, Sundance Banks and wife Claudia Dierkes-Banks; three stepdaughters, Tennessee Ott and husband David, Lajla Cline, and Catherine Masterson and husband George; one brother, Bob Pearce and wife Ann; one niece, Kristen Pearce; one nephew, Robert Pearce; and eight grand-children, Adelyn Banks, Ellie Ott, Annie Ott, Owen Ott, Trip Ott, Jackson Masterson, Miles Masterson, and Blake Masterson.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11th at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, Texas, with Rev. Andrew Parker and Rev. Robert Pace officiating. A reception and celebration of Toni’s life will then be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Dr., Amarillo, Texas.
Before making a donation or sending flowers, Toni had a special request—pause for a moment after reading this, take in a deep, peaceful breath, and then go hug someone you love. Memorial donations in memory of Toni can be made to Opportunity School at 1100 South Harrison Street, Amarillo, TX 79101. (www.opportunityschool.com/donatenow), the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation at P.O. Box 29331, San Antonio, TX 78229 (www.thrivewell.org), or the charity of your choice. Floral donations of orchids, anthurium, or bromeliads, can be sent to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, where they will be housed as a living tribute in the tropical conservatory in her memory.