Krista L. Thornton

November 26, 1962 ‒ January 23, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Krista Thornton, age 57 of Delaware, OH, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020, in Columbus. She was born November 26, 1962 in Rochester, NY to Brian and Sylvia (Rosa) Shutts.

Left to cherish Krista’s memory are her sons: Angel and Anthony Thornton; parents: Brian and Sylvia Shutts; sisters: Laurie (Harry) Owens and Melinda (Kevin) Webb; former husband, Jack Thornton; nieces: Alexsandra (Owens)Bradshaw, Samantha Owens, Meredith Owens, Caroline Owens, Maddison Web, Paige Web, Ellen Sammet, and Kelly (Earlenbaugh)Woodard; nephews: Andrew Owens, Hunter Webb, and Ted Sammet,and several other relatives and friends.

Krista was a graduate of Worthington High School, and Western Michigan University. She was a skilled occupational therapist assistant, specializing in senior care. She was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware.

Krista was a kind, joyful person, who had a wonderful disposition and a ready smile. She was a consummate thrift shopper who loved to find a great deal. Krista was the “Auntie Maime” of her family. She was regarded as “the fun aunt” by her nieces and nephews. They loved their trips with their aunt to “Timbuktu”, in which they would venture out to find ice cream. Most of all, Krista was proud of her sons, and loved spending time with her family.

Krista was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents: Louis and Flora Rosa; paternal grandparents: Donald and Marion Shutts; and her uncle, Eugene Rosa.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 31, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware, OH.

In honor of Krista’s joyful spirit , her family would like to encourage the wearing of a little or a lot of red to celebrate her meeting Jesus face to face.

Donations in Krista’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, or the American Diabetes Association.

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Arrangements entrusted to Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

  • My dear friend Krista will be greatly missed by many. She was such a loving and gentle soul. I loved spending time with her and the boys so much. We grew apart during the past several years due to my mother’s illness, so I regret that I did not get to give and get many hugs from her during that time. My deepest sympathy to Anthony and Angel, Sylvia and Brian, Laurie and Mindy and all of her nieces and nephews. Love always, Deanna Jurden

  • The Frazier family is so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you all and are here for however we can help. We love you.

  • The Van Gundy Family is so sorry for your loss. We have enjoyed many summer nights with Krista and the boys on our block. We will miss seeing her smile and big heart! Love and prayers to you all. ❤️

  • Sylvia, Brian, Laurie,Melinda, and family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. You are in my prayers.
    Love to all.

  • Dr. McGrail & I will miss her dearly. We will remeber working with her & having the boys over to swim. Susan & Krista enjoyed sitting on her porch & chatting when the boys were small. She was brave in the face of her illness and a dedicated parent to her sons. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • I am so sorry for your loss! In the short time, I had to know her, I know she loved her boys and worked hard to keep them on track! Angel- we miss seeing you and are praying for you! -Mrs. Marquis

  • Our deepest sympathies to Krista’s family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

  • Dear Angel,
    I am so sorry to hear about your tremendous loss. I wish there was something I could do to help you. I’m still at Hayes….I’m always available to talk. Hugs to all in your family. Your mother will be sadly missed.

  • We are truly sorry for your loss. Krista was a very upbeat person. I used to enjoy talking to her when she would have her dogs Gigi (passed) and Rocky out in the front yard. My dog Brutus and Bandit (passed) just loved Gigi and Krista and I would just laugh at them. Same thing goes for Rocky and my current dog Canela. We would always talk about how we wish we had their energy. Our heart breaks for her sons and her family. She will be missed. Prayers to her family.

    Brenda and Randy Beach.

  • I am so very heartbroken to learn of Krista’s passing. She and I were in a play group at St Mary together and became friends and I always was inspired by her joy for life, her creativity and her love for her boys. What a blessing she was and is to me. I pray for her family and for her soul. We all have a new friend in Heaven. God be with you all. ❤️🙏🏻 Let perpetual Light shine upon her. 🕊

  • Dear Family of Krista,

    I had the pleasure of knowing Krista through Smith School as well at church. I always admired her flair for fashion. Truly, I don’t think I ever saw her not looking “put together” from head to toe. But what impressed me most was her love for the boys. Krista was so concerned for their well-being, and she had a deep, unconditional love for Angel and Anthony. This quality about her just warmed my heart. May the good Lord have mercy on Krista’s soul. And Lord, please bless the boys in a special way as they adjust to the loss of their mother.