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Carmen Thornton

November 9, 2017 GMT

NORFOLK — Services for Carmen Thornton, 84, of Norfolk will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Christ Is King Community Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Glenn Wapelhorst will officiate. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh.

Visitation with family will begin an hour prior to the service at the church. Home for Funerals is handling the arrangements.

She died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Countryside Nursing Home in Madison.

Memorials may be directed to Christ Is King Community Church.


Carmen Anne Thornton was born on Feb. 10, 1933, in Hastings. She was the daughter of Theodore and Marjorie (Haskin) Smith. She grew up and worked alongside her father in his drug store, serving sodas and malts in the fountain shop, where she eventually met her spouse, Stan Thornton. She graduated from Wolbach High School in 1948.

On June 22, 1952, Carmen Smith was married to Stanley Thornton in Grand Island. They made their home in Tulsa, Okla., where Carmen began a career working as an administrator in the movie industry. Shortly thereafter, Carmen’s spouse was transferred to Oklahoma City and then, four years later, Carmen’s spouse accepted a position at Chicago Lumber in Norfolk, where they made their home and raised three children, Mark, Scott and Brad Thornton. They were blessed with 59 years of marriage.

Carmen was a member of Christ Is King Community Church. She was very active in the community as a member of multiple Bible studies, missionary support for South Africa, sewing club, book club, Delphians, PEO Chapter Cu, community theater, the Norfolk Arts Center and Norfolk International Wine & Food Society.

Carmen was an accomplished singer and shared this gift through multiple community theaters, cabaret, church choirs and other special events. She also enjoyed all types of music, attending operas and symphonies around the United States and abroad.

Carmen’s passion was connecting with family, friends near and far, music, fresh flowers from her garden and fireside chats with a taste of something sweet from the kitchen. Her intentionality to create and host gatherings with her warm hospitality will be a legacy passed on to bless many.

She is survived by her son, Brad Thornton of Norfolk; her daughter-in-law, Sandy (Thornton) Aletraris of Peachtree City, Ga.; her three grandchildren and their spouses, Josh and Sarah Thornton, Katie and Martin Huggins, all of Georgia, and Matthew Thornton in California; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Donna Smith of California and Evy Thornton of Colorado; and nieces and nephews from both families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her spouse, Stan Thornton; a brother, Don Smith; and two sons, Mark Thornton and Scott Thornton.