On March 30, 2020, Toka Ball lost a courageous 5 year battle with cancer (a rare bile duct cancer called intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma). Toka was the loving wife to Andrew Coleman and is survived by her sisters Piper Mejia, Rebecca Wickes, and parents William and Maureen.
Toka had a magical ability to make beautiful whatever she touched. She could see an empty room, a blank wall, or a barren lot of land and transform them into beautiful spaces. Toka loved art and music. She was an organic gardener, a interior designer, a seamstress, an environmentalist (who fought against single-use plastic bags, straws, utensils, etc.), a vegetarian, and a lover of animals, nature and the great outdoors. Most importantly, she had a beautiful heart, and was loved by all who knew her.
Toka was born in the United States, but her family migrated to New Zealand in the mid-1970s. Toka returned to the US in the 1990s. She met Andy in 2002, and married 5 years ago. Over the past several years, most of Toka’s family traveled to NJ to help care for her.
In celebration of her life and to honor her memory, we are initiating a fund-raising campaign for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. We hope that monies raised will help find a cure to cholangiocarcinoma so that future families do not have to suffer as Toka's did