Lydia Toogood, 69, of Hayward departed this world at home in the early hours of February 28, 2019, with her husband of 49 years Greg Toogood by her side. She had been fighting stage 4 metastatic breast cancer for six years, using every treatment option the Mayo Clinic could offer. Finally exhausted, she left her pain behind.
She was born Lydia Laura Jones in Rochester, Minnesota, on May 22, 1949. She grew up there and graduated with Mayo High School’s first graduating class. Following high school she attended Colorado University in Boulder for one year. She returned to Rochester and worked in a variety of jobs, including Mayo Clinic’s radiology department. She enrolled in one of the first Minnesota Outward Bound survival schools in the Boundary Waters and developed a deep love of the wilderness, which she and Greg shared in many camping canoe trips.
In 1970 she and Greg married. In 1974 they moved to Hayward into a house her family had owned since 1915 on Lac Courte Oreilles. They subsequently bought 40 acres and built their own home during the height of the back-to-earth movement of the 1970s. During this time she worked for about 10 years at Larry Nelson’s Karibalis Restaurant, and at Bottle & Browse and Grand Illusion. Eventually Lydia and Greg worked together self-employed in a woodworking business for another 10 years. For the last 25 years she helped Greg with an antique business.
Lydia always had a love for animals of all types, and along with the dogs and cats she had birds, fish, horses, chickens and any other animal she could talk her husband into. She also cared for many injured wild critters, mostly birds but also raccoons and even a cub bobcat. Lydia and Greg were Northwoods Humane Society supporters and volunteered for 13 years. Lydia was a private person but had many friends.
She is survived by her husband, Greg Toogood of Hayward; sister, Barbara (Barcy) Jones of Rochester, and brother, Tobin Jones of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Mildred Jones, and a brother, Richard Jones Jr.
At Lydia’s request, there will be no funeral; she has donated her body to the Mayo Clinic Medical School. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Northwoods Humane Society of Hayward, the World Wildlife Fund or any other animal welfare organization of your choice.