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Elizabeth Ann Thornton

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“To Betty's Family, my dear friends: I had been to see Betty the week before she passed away. She was watching the Mariners' game on TV. My mom...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Alison Satterlee - Renton, WA

“Dear Thornton Family: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Alison and I had just been to visit Betty on June 15. What a fantastic person Betty...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Lila Brackenbush - Bellevue, WA

“Monica, Mike, Ellen & Matthew-So sorry to hear of your Mom/Grandmother's passing. From the character and personalities of her offspring, it is clear...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Dayle Farina - Martinez, CA

“Dear Ellen, Matthew, Monica and Mike....we were so very saddened to hear of Aunt Betty's recent passing...and so happy that we each had a very nice...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Constance Leppek - Reno, NV

“Monica, So, so sorry to hear of Aunt Betty's passing. Though I didn't get to see her often, she was always fun and full of life at the Zernecke clan...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Linda Zernecke - Vancouver

“Monica and family,I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Having just lost my mother a year ago, I know the extent of the great loss you...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Angela Wright - Bonney Lake, WA

“Monica and Ellen, I unfortunately never had the opportunity to meet my Great Aunt Betty. However, through my mother, Connie Leppek, I have heard many...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Lisa Pazik - Hobart, IN

“I am sending the family my most sincere condolences. While it has been many years since I've been in the company of any of the thornton family, I...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Michael Funderburg - Cathlamet, WA

“Dear Ellen and Monica & Mike,Never met your mom, but know you were all devoted to her. From her bio she sounds like a great lady, and I can see...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Cathy Cecil Bucher - San Leandro, CA

“My prayers go out to you during this time of loss-- but rest assured that your tender care & devotion was appreciated, and that your own beautiful...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Laura Stewart - Wheeling, WV

“Monica is a reflection of her beautiful mother and so even though I never had a chance to meet her, I know that this kind woman has been reunited...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: J. Karen Mallick - Moreno Valley, CA

“Monica and Mike--I am so sorry to hear of your mom's death. She was a delightful and courageous lady, and she was indeed lucky to have had such...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Ellen Spitaleri - Portland, OR

“My condolences to Monica and Mike and the rest of Mrs. Thornton's family. While I never met Mrs. Thornton, having the pleasure of knowing her...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Jean Sullivan - Seattle, WA

“Monica, I know that you and Mike gave a tremendous amount of love and care to your Mom. How Blessed she was to have you two in her life. Our prayers...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Carolyn Moore - seattle, WA

“So sorry to know of your loss. But your Mom looks to have had a good life. That's all we can ask. I'll say a prayer or two. RK ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Rita Keating - S. Colby, WA

“Dear Monica, Mike and Family,Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family at this time of great sorrow. ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: Ron & Georgean Coleman - ID

“My sympathies to my friends Monica and Mike, and to all the family. May many good memories help you during this difficult time. ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy Doolin - Coupeville, WA

“Dear Monica and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. God bless you. ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Linda and Denny Hoban - Tigard, OR

“I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Although she is gone she will always remain in your...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Pat Tulip - Seattle, WA

“Dear Family ~We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. We hope you can always remember the happy memories and share each and every...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Christine & JP Reid - Renton, WA

“Ron only had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth once, and I never had the chance to meet her.From her bio it sounds like she had a life we should...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Ron & Debbie Bennett - Chehalis, WA

“A wonderful friend and neighbor for over 50 years. you will be missed . Agentle and loving lady . love to the family . dick 7 Jane ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Dick & Jane Lohdefinck - richland, WA

“Betty will be missed - many special memories and visits. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. *Linda ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Linda Lohdefinck - WA

“Ellen,My thoughts and prayers are with you.Bev. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Bev Sandlin DuBree - Pasco, WA

“I am sorry about your loss you have my prayers for you and your family. ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: Leon Knippling - Auburn, WA

“We grew up across the street from you (Lohdefinck then)and your home was always a second refuge for passing the time and having fun!Pam ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Pamela Ott - Colton, OR


Elizabeth "Betty" Ann ThorntonBorn in La Crosse, WI on August 1, 1921Departed in Richland, WA on June 22, 2009Betty Thornton, 87, passed away peacefully with family by her side. She was the youngest of seven children born to Monica and Herbert Zernecke, all of which have preceded her in death. Betty met Edward "Sarge" Thornton in La Crosse, Wisconsin and married him September 4, 1943 before he shipped overseas to perform his duty in the Army. When Ed returned from serving with the Red Ball Express, they moved by train to the Tri-Cities in December 1945 to take advantage of opportunities at Hanford. Betty became a member of Christ the King Catholic church in 1945 where she met her dear friend Marvel Huskey Albin who introduced her to the parish community. Many of the church members helped in her transition into desert living and remained lifelong friends. Betty was a member of the Altar Society, Funeral Mass Choir and Funeral Committee, the Ladies of Fatima and many other charities and activities at the church. Betty and Ed belonged to the Iris Society and prided themselves with all their award winning irises. Her greatest pleasure was music, singing with Sweet Adelines, her barbershop quartet "The Reservations," Columbia Chorale, and she performed with the Richland Light Opera. She belonged to the Jazz Society and traveled around to many jazz festivals. She had an ear for music, played the piano and clarinet, and her alto voice blended beautifully where she could harmonize with anyone.She is survived by the family she loved so much, her grandson Matthew Thornton, daughters Ellen Thornton and Monica Hayes-Bishop and husband Michael Bishop. She is preceded in death by her husband Edward Thornton and daughter Carol Thornton. At Christ the King Church, Richland a viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m., followed by a rosary on Wednesday, June 24. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, June 25, 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception at the church. Graveside services will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland following the reception.

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