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Carolyn Jean Thornton

June 2, 1925 ~ September 24, 2020 (age 95)


         Carolyn Gray Thornton, 95, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Morningside in Nevada.  Carolyn, the youngest of eight children, was born June 2, 1925 in Nevada to Chester H. and Iola P. (Welch) Gray.  She was united in marriage to Lester Thornton on June 4, 1946 in Nevada and he preceded her in death on June 13, 2017.

     Carolyn, as the wife of a minister, played an active role in many church organizations. She not only was a teacher, but also became a Church-in-Action Coordinator for Interfaith Community Services in St. Joseph.  She later directed a Church Day Care and worked with an afternoon afterschool program in Independence, MO.  Carolyn also played an active role in the communities she lived in.  She was a 4-H leader in four counties, PTA President in various places, was a columnist for the Nevada papers for several years, and she was also the author of four books. Carolyn was a proud member of the Ellis Domestic Science Club (started by her mother), and of the Nevada Chapter of Soroptimist. She also was a Vista Volunteer Director, The Neighbors Center director for five years, coordinated Community Outreach for three years, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.  In 1994 she was the recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award. In 2018, she received the Missouri American Association of University Women’s Woman of the Year award.  

     Survivors include her children, Michael Harvey Thornton, Nevada, Shirley Jean Garnett, Nevada, Mark Thornton (Joan), Plano, TX, Susan Jane Thornton, Nevada; grandchildren, Michael P. Thornton, Nevada, “Les” Thornton, Nevada, Penny Rowlett, Windsor, MO, Kevin Garnett (Barbara), Winchester, IL, Chris Aldridge, Plano, TX, Alison Aldridge, Austin, TX, and Jonathan Thornton, MD, Dallas, TX; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Jane Thornton (infant); one daughter-in-law, Jenny Thornton; three brothers and four sisters.

     Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Nevada with Rev. Sharon Freeman officiating.  Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada. 


     ****No visitation to be held.

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Funeral Service
October 3, 2020

1:00 PM
United Methodist Church (Nevada)

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