Betty Thornton
Betty Thornton
Betty A. Thornton, 87, Mentone, and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at her daughter's residence in Mentone.

She was born on Jan. 6, 1930, in Warsaw, to Virgil and Mabel Louise (Franks) Cook. Her first marriage was to Paul Wiard. She then married Elmer "Bud" Thornton on Sept. 26, 1964. He passed away on April 18, 2009.

She had been the manager of Four Seasons Mobile Estates of Rochester for nearly 40 years. She was a 1948 graduate of Warsaw High School. She enjoyed reading books and in earlier years sewing and traveling.

Survivors include her daughters, Janet and husband Phillip Schoonover, Wheaton, Ill., and Joyce and husband Richard Harding, Mentone; her son, Bruce Wiard, Macy; her brother, Arden Cook, Warsaw; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Louise Cook; her husband, Elmer "Bud" Thornton; her sister, Donna Bowers; her daughter, Beverly Hile; and her stepson, Clifford Thornton.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Rick Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

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