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Obituary: Beverley Hadley Thornton

Beverley Lorraine Hadley Thornton peacefully passed away on Feb, 23 2022, at the certified home of Kirsten and Julio Diaz in Athol, Idaho, At this time the family would like to sincerely express their gratitude for the loving care given to her during her time with them.

Beverley was born Nov. 7, 1928 in Winchendon, Mass. to Bessie and Ray Hadley. Beverley married James Thornton in 1945, who preceded her in death in 1995. They moved to Montana in 1956 to raise their family of eight children.

James Thornton, Jr., Marjorie Thornton (deceased in infancy), Steven Thornton, Marjorie Anne (Thornton) Wahl, Carol (Thornton) Knight (deceased),Gary Thornton, Donna (Thornton) Kelleher, Randy Thornton (deceased) , Lorraine (Thornton) Wood. Beverley and James also have 18 Grand-Children, 31 Great Grand-Children, and nine Great Great Grand-Children.

Beverley, along with raising her family, worked in many various occupations. She worked as a bus driver, cleaning lady, waitress, mail delivery, and her favorite, livestock care and general ranch hand. Beverley was an avid reader and she enjoyed gardening, knitting, canning, bowling, cards, and most of all talking to and associating with people, even if complete strangers. We will all miss her “brightness” very much.

There will be a memorial service in Helmville, Montana at the Saint Thomas Cemetery on Aug. 27, 2022. Memorial service at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.


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