Updated: 09 December 2008
Mrs. Clara Thornton, Porter Resident, Dies
Mrs. Clara L. Thornton, wife of the late D. L. Thornton, passed away at her home near Lawton early Thursday morning, Feb. 28, 1946. Mrs. Thornton was a member of one of the pioneer families of Porter township. Her parents were Franklin B. and Lucinda Fletcher Adams. Mrs. Thornton was born Dec. 10, 1859. She was graduated from the Lawton high school in 1877 and then taught school for a short time. On August 1, 1880 she was married to Dudley L. Thornton and soon afterwards they came to the farm which has been her home ever since. She was the mother of six children, Lulu and Clarence deceased, Rena and Hale of Lawton, Ralph of San Francisco, and Dr. Reed Thornton of Chicago. Six grandchildren, Mrs. Jean Stewart and Andrew Thornton of Kalamazoo, Lee Thornton of San Francisco, Mary Kay Thornton of Chicago, Hale Jr. and Kenneth Thornton of Lawton; her stepmother Mrs. Anna Adams of Lawton, and two half-brothers, F.K. Adams of Lawton and H. H. Adams of Paw Paw, also survive her. She became a member of the St. Paul's Methodist Church of Lawton in 1894, and as long as her health permitted she participated in the activities of the church and community. However, her chief interest was her home and family, and she will be remembered as a kind and loving wife and mother. Funeral services were held from the Cameron funeral home, Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Louis Ellinger officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery.