Lois D. Thornton

July 24, 1934 ‒ July 10, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Lois D. Thornton, age 86, of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at her residence.  She was born on July 24, 1934, in Shelby, Ohio to the late Raymond and Mary (Ervin) Phelps.

Lois graduated from Union High School and married the love of her life Emory Thornton.  They loved and supported each other for over 65 years, and enjoyed their home together in Galion, Ohio for 50 years.  She was a stay-at-home mom and raised her children before joining the work force.  Lois was a Secretary and Treasurer for Northmor and Galion High Schools.  She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Galion, Ohio where she was able to serve and live out her faith in a personal relationship with Jesus.  Her faith was so important that she loved sharing and working with the children at church, including directing the Caravan Ministry, plus going on a Work ‘N’ Witness trip.  Lois enjoyed crafts, cooking, camping, and sailing.  She will be greatly missed by those who loved her, but her life and legacy of walking faithfully with Jesus will live through her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Emory Thornton; children, Scott (Cathy) Thornton of Mesa, Arizona, Bev (Dan) Stevens of Mount Vernon, Ohio; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Lois is preceded in death by a brother, Richard Phelps.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at 3:00 PM at the Real Life Nazarene Church; 777 Fairview Ave, Galion, Ohio 44833 with Pastor Mike Williams officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to:  Hospice of North Central Ohio or Real Life Nazarene Church.

To view this obituary or leave the family a memory, visit:  www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

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  • Emory, Bev and family,
    So sorry for your loss but what a blessing she is with the Lord. May your memories bring pleasure here on earth until you’re reunited again. Prayers of Comfort.

  • Dear Lord, You know and understand all things. You know that someone very special has just lost a loved one, and needs your strength and comfort right now. Please surround this dear friend with your loving presence. Guide each step of the road ahead, and by your grace, grant the faith that brings peace of mind and heart, and the hope that washes all sadness away- today and in the days to come. Amen

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