Nancy Renee Tobey

La Plata County resident Nancy Renee Tobey died Friday, May 25, 2012, in Bayfield after falling and suffering a subdural hematoma. She had turned 72 two weeks earlier.

Known as Renee, she was born to Granville and Beatrice Benson on May 11, 1940, in Texas City, Texas. She graduated from Nordhoff High School in Ojai, Calif.

She married Richard Michael Tobey in Ojai. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Mrs. Tobey had lived in La Plata County since 1981, except for a period when she lived in Oregon and Nevada, returning to the area 14 years ago.

After working as the personnel manager at Kmart, she held various positions at Kroegers Ace Hardware.

An avid reader, Mrs. Tobey also enjoyed gardening and working with her hands.

“She was a mentor and guide to so many,” her family said. “Renee was on a lifelong quest to find truth in her life. She embraced all spiritual beliefs, knowing that each one held a seed of truth. She was passionate about her search and embraced all possibilities.”

Mrs. Tobey is survived by her children Noel Cannon of Bayfield, Robin Benson of San Diego, Todd Tobey of Astoria, Ore., and Colette Berner of Bend, Ore.; and seven grandchildren.

Cremation has occurred. A private family service will be held.