Doris Clowell Thornton departed from this world on Feb. 17, 2013, at NHC Healthcare, Joplin, surrounded by her family.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1920, in the Zanoni, Mo., area to Fred and Liddie Freeman, the sixth of eight children. She married Claud Otis Thornton in 1939, and he preceded her in death in 1969.
Doris lived the majority of her married life at Dora, Mo. She was a homemaker and also worked in the family businesses of the Dora rollerskating rink, and the Dora Post and Pole Mill as the bookkeeper. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and drawing.
In March of 2010 she moved to Neosho to live near her daughter where she resided at the Gran Villas assisted living facility.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and worshiped with the Ball Church of Christ at Dora, Mo. Her main love was her family and she always looked forward to times when they could be together.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter, Jay Thornton and wife Evelyn, Dora; Ron Thornton and wife Waunda, Vienna, Mo.; Brenda Kimbrough and husband John, Neosho; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister Monna Farmer; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a grandson, Kirk Thornton, two brothers, four sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Carter Funeral Home, West Plains, Mo. on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. with David Shipley officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 preceding the memorial services at Carter's.
Burial of cremains will be at the Howell Memorial Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Memorial donations in memory of Doris can be made to Fair Haven Children's Home or St. Jude's Children's Hospital in care of Carter Funeral Home, 1316 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains, Mo. 65775.