Fauver, Antoinette "Toni" deReynier
August 26, 2004
Antoinette “Toni” deReynier Fauver, known in the Bay Area and Tahoe as an expert in California native plants, died on Aug. 23 after a long battle with lung cancer. Fauver, 67 of Orinda, Calif., died at her beloved Lake Tahoe home in Brockway.She lectured frequently on California wildflowers. She was a popular leader of botanical hikes in the Bay Area, Sierra Foothills, Lake Tahoe, the Swiss Alps and English gardens. She twice hosted Lady Bird Johnson and her entourage for wildflower hikes in the Sonoma valley. She authored two books: “Wildflower Walking in the Lakes Basin of the Northern Sierra” and “Wildflower Walks and Roads of the Sierra Gold Country.”Fauver was born into a family with deep roots in California, tracing her ancestry back to Juan Bautista de Anza, the Spanish explorer and founder of the mission that became the Presidio and later the city of San Francisco. She spent her early years in Kensington and Lake Tahoe, attended the University of Nevada-Reno and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, College of Natural Resources. She was an active supporter of the California Native Plant Society, Strybing Arboretum, Oakland Museum, Tilden Botanical Garden and several garden clubs. Most recently she designed and supervised the native plant landscaping at Thunderbird Lodge, a historic landmark mansion on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. In 1994, she received the Horticultural Award from the Garden Clubs of America. In 2002, the Orinda Association presented Fauver with its William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award for her work on landscape restoration. In 2003, the Orinda Garden club presented her with a Medal of Merit for her lifelong dedication and commitment to the identification and preservation of wildflowers and her passion for advancing the education of them.Fauver is survived by her husband of 34 years, Richard, a brother, James deReynier of Middletown, Conn., two children, Richard McFarland, three grandsons, of McCloud and Jeanne McFarland of Arcata, Calif.The family suggests memorial contributions to the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society or Tahoe Forest Hospice. Memorials will be held at the Thunderbird Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m., and in the San Francisco Bay area after Labor Day, which will be announced.