KINGSFORD - Ethel May Thornberry, 87, of Kingsford, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, surrounded by family.
She was born on Oct. 2, 1925 in Clifton, Idaho, daughter of the late Gustave and Clessa (Rasmussen) Simon.
She married LeRoy Vergne Thornberry on March 8, 1946 in Brigham City, Utah, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 1997. Ethel moved to Kingsford in 1946, and has been a resident ever since. She was a member of Redemption Hill Church, where she was very active teaching Sunday School for many years.
She enjoyed to sew and made alterations for many years for many people in the community. She loved golfing, water and snow skiing, camping and traveling. She was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Simon.
Ethel is survived by a son, Allyn (Doreen) Thornberry of Waucedah Township; a daughter, Cheryl Thornberry of Madison, Wis.; four grandchildren, Pam Ravenscroft, Kim (Dale Jr.) Vacha, Allison (William) Baciak, and Rachel Thornberry; three great-grandchildren, William Baciak, Sophia Baciak and Camron Vacha; a sister, Olive (Nathan) Karen of Caldwell, Idaho; sisters-in-law, June Schultz of Milwaukee, and Inez (Jim) Riverside of Kingsford; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kingsford Funeral Home, and on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Redemption Hill Church in Kingsford.
The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Rev. Ronald Wolfe will officiate.
Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.
Ethel's family wishes to thank the staff at Maryhill Manor for their compassionate care, concern, and support of Mom over the past five years.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in her memory.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Ethel May Thornberry online at ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Kingsford with the funeral arrangements.