Edna Thornton, 86

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Edna Pearl Thornton, 86, of Mountain Home, died Saturday, June 4, 2005, at Ashley Manor in Boise.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 10, with a reception to follow at Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel, in Mountain Home. Burial will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.

Edna was born June 7, 1918, at Stoneham, Colo., to Clayton and Amelia Womack.

Following the loss of her parents in 1920, Edna and her sister, Florence, were raised and adopted by Mary and Harry Christner of Sterling, Colo.

She married Virgil Johnson of Kingfisher, Okla., in 1951. Virgil died of cancer in 1954.

Edna moved to Mountain Home and married Wendell (Kirley) Thornton in 1960. She and Kirley spent the next 43 years together in Mountain Home, raising their sons, John, Russ, and Jerry.

Edna loved cooking, gardening, bowling, dancing (square and polka), "knocking around the country," fishing and collecting rocks with Kirley.

After Kirley retired in 1981, they spent several years traveling from coast to coast visiting friends and family, "watching pigs learn to fly and embracing life with a kiss and a hug and a smile," her family said. "Once Edna and Kirley slowed down a bit they became heavily involved with the Senior Citizen's Center in Mountain Home."

Kirley preceded her in death in 2002.

The family asks that no flowers be sent.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Mountain Home Senior Citizen's Center, 1000 N. 3rd East, Mountain Home, ID 83647, or the Alzheimer's Association, 111 S. Orchard St., Boise, ID 83705.