In Memory of Toni Cecil

August 19, 1958 - April 16, 2021

Our dear friend and colleague, Toni Cecil, passed away peacefully at her home on April 16th, 2021 surrounded by family. Toni retired from the Muncie Sanitary District in November of 2020. She was instrumental in the creation the Muncie and Delaware County Stormwater Management program, which was first established back in 2006. She dedicated over 15 years to the Stormwater program and served the Muncie, Yorktown and Delaware County area. Toni was known throughout the state and country for her extensive work as an erosion control inspector and was recognized by the Indiana Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Management in 2015 with an Excellence in Stormwater Management Award. The award was established in 1997 and recognizes an outstanding stormwater management employee who has consistently demonstrated leadership in the area of stormwater management. Toni was recognized for her efforts in creating and developing a contractor workshop designed to train and certify contractors in stormwater regulations and is only one of 10 people to receive a lifetime membership award from INAFSM.

Toni was also recognized at the annual White River Cleanup in 2019 with a plaque and tree planting at Westside Park by Muncie Delaware Clean and Beautiful and the White River steering committee for leading and organizing the White River Cleanup for 15 years throughout Delaware County. Toni trained hundreds of crew leaders for the cleanups and was known for her thorough and detailed trainings to prepare people for cleanups. Toni was also instrumental in the creation of our annual Camp Prairie Creek youth stewardship program and participated in the last 11 years as an educator and camp counselor. She would set up her Tipi and do ecowarrior lessons with campers in the woods and serve them sassafras tea and tell stories of indigenous culture and stewardship.

Toni was also an avid nature lover, water protector, wetland watcher, river advocate, educator, native plant gardener, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She leaves a legacy of service and dedication to our community and our environment, and her contributions as a mentor to many and a public servant will continue to have positive ripples in Delaware County for years to come. Toni believed in protecting our environment for many generations that come after her to enjoy. She lived a life of stewardship and protection and she will be missed. Rest in Peace Toni Cecil.