My Grandmother has passed away.  She was a woman of faith who loved, and was loved by, her family and community... and I miss her terribly.

In Memorium - Edith Mae Thornton, 86

Edith ThorntonEdith M. Thornton, 86, of Park Vista Independent Retirement Center, and previously of Lowellville, passed way peacefully Sunday afternoon at Hospice House after a short illness.

Edith was born Sept. 25, 1923 in Youngstown, a daughter of Harry and Rhoda McElwain.  She graduated form Rayen High School and married the late James F. Thornton on June 16, 1945.  James passed away July 9, 1994.

Edith leaves two sisters, Eleanor Dicks of Zephyrhills, Florida and Eileen Davis of Hubbard and a brother Walter McElwain is deceased.

Edith also leaves three sons, James S. (Janet) Thornton of Boardman, David H. (Paulette) Thornton of Poland Twp., Gerald E. Thornton of Lowellville, and a daughter Marilyn J. (Andrew) Acierno of Liberty.

In addition, she will be missed by nine grandchildren, Nicole (Steve) Cain, Andrea (Robert) Neff, Gerald (Megan) Thornton, Lori (Bradley) Timko, John M. Thornton, Lisa (Guy) Young, Summer Thornton, Michele (James) Dierkes, and Melissa (Emmanuel) Vlahos.

Also eight great-grandchildren, Katrina Neff, Andrew Neff, Elizabeth Neff,  twins Kyle and Nathan Cain, Nikolas Young, Ava Timko, and Xander Thornton.

Edith was a very active member of Richard Brown Memorial Methodist Church, and before that, in the McGuffey Methodist Church.  She sang in the choir, served on many committees and was active in United Methodist Women and the Mothers Club.  She was very committed to family and especially enjoyed family gatherings and the great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Her hobbies included knitting, needlepoint  and roller skating with her husband.

Calling will be at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Thompson Funeral Home (4221 Market Street, Youngstown, OH, 44512-1119, (330) 788-6568).  Friends may also call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Richard Brown Church  (1205 Elm Street, Youngstown, OH, 44505, 330-743-5432).  A Service will be held at the church 11 a.m.

The family requests that tributes be contributed to Richard Brown United Methodist Church.