Toby Levy |

Toby Levy

Toby Levy

A celebration of life is planned for October at Emigrant Springs Ranch in Grass Valley for Toby Ann Levy. Ms. Levy passed away peacefully June 6 at Augusta Medical Center, Middlebrook, Va. She was 60.

Ms. Levy was born April 23, 1947, to Sumner and Elizabeth (Hobbs) Levy in San Francisco. She attended school in Hillsboro, Ore., and received a degree in engineering from Oregon State University, where she was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Mrs. Levy became the first female engineer to work for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at Grand Coulee Dam in Washington. She held a number of high-level management positions for several large engineering and construction firms and worked on a variety of projects.

While maintaining a home in Grass Valley, she fox hunted throughout the United States, England, Ireland and Scotland and was a member of the Middlebrook Hounds Hunt Club near her second home in Virginia. She was a dedicated horsewoman throughout her life, primarily pursuing riding to hounds, show jumping and competing sidesaddle. Among her many accomplishments, she was awarded several national championships in the early 1980s on her quality Anglo-Arabian’s under the Abbas Arabians name – Abbas Twaz Genesis, Abbas Leviticus, Abbas Twaz Persis (also known as “Sister,” a lesson horse at Emigrant Springs Horsemanship for the past 10 years) and others that she bred and raised.

Recently, Ms. Levy lived in Grass Valley and worked in sales at Sierra Saddlery and Mercantile on Highway 49 in Auburn. She purchased land in Middlebrook, Va., and was planning the construction of her dream home.

Ms. Levy is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Tom Levy and Chris of Oregon; beloved cats Misfire and Frenchfry; horses Nugget and Rainy; as well as numerous friends and fellow horsemen who will miss her dearly.

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