Our loving mother, Agnes Marie Thornton, peacefully passed away on July 1, 2020, surrounded by family. Marie was born March 10, 1931 in Chuhuichupa, Chihuahua, Mexico to David Johnson and Elva Helena Judd Stevens. She was sealed to her sweetheart Richard Owen Thornton on June 23, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple.
She lived in Mexico until the Stevens family moved to Millard County, Utah when she was 8 years old. Her parents moved the family to the states because they wanted their children to have a better education. . She and Richard made their home in Pleasant Grove, UT where they raised their 9 children. The family later resided in Genola, UT. She spent those precious years serving her family. Later, Marie and Richard moved to California to live near their grandchildren.
Marie was blessed with a large, loving family, which include 19 grandchildren, and 49+ great- grandchildren. She said when she is with Richard again she is going to tell him to stop talking to the babies and send them down here. Her grandchildren adore her and she made time to talk to and spend time getting to know each of them.
Marie loved her family and friends dearly, and everyone knew it. Marie always had a beautiful smile waiting for you, loved to laugh, and had a good sense of humor. She was always writing a note to someone or clipping out something funny or inspiring to put on the fridge next to all the pictures. Just when you thought she couldn't get one more picture on her fridge she would find a way to add another.
One of her favorite scriptures is Mosiah 2:17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
Mom has asked for loved ones to perform an act of service or kindness for someone in lieu of sending flowers,
Marie was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and Richard served 2 genealogical missions in Nebraska and a proselytizing mission in Missouri. Marie spent her life serving others. She spent many years working as a humanitarian missionary at the church warehouse or quilting.
She loved all the friends she met during these times. Marie also loved going to her weekly TOPS meetings and especially going out to lunch with her friends.
Marie is survived by 8 children: Owen, Gene (Lori), Gwen (Kevin) Nelson, Dee (Denise), Neil, Lloyd (Jill), Wayne (Lisa), Roger (Bonnie); She was preceded in death by her husband, two daughters: Rosemarie and Amanda Elaine, and son Ellis.
Funeral services will be held for immediate family members only due to Covid-19 restrictions. All are welcome to the interment at Pleasant Grove City Cemetery at noon on 7/7/2020. Please practice social distancing and masks are appreciated.
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