Norma Nell Morgan Thornton , beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend , died January 8, 2012 at the age of 87. Norma was born in Kerens, Texas on December 10, 1925, the youngest of four sisters. She grew up in East Texas during the Great Depression. After graduating from Kerens High School in 1942, Norma went to Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, Texas. After World War II, she met Wilbur "TD" Thornton who she married on December 7, 1946. Norma and TD would have celebrated 66 years of marriage this past month but TD died on October 16, 2012. Norma assisted her husband in his painting contracting business and also pursued a career of her own as an Executive Assistant and Assistant Corporate Secretary of Riviana Foods in Houston where she worked for 30 years until her retirement in 1992. Norma and TD were the proud proprietors of Green Hill Farm in Brenham since 1969 where they enjoyed their family outings and family reunions. Formerly a member of the Park Place Assembly of God where she taught Sunday School, she was a member of the Christian Temple Assembly of God at the time of her death. Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur "TD", her mother, Edna Mae "Tincie" Morgan and her father, Lewis McMinn Morgan. Norma is survived by her son, David Thornton and daughter-in-law, Sherrie Thornton; daughter, Linda Bloomer and son-in-law, Myron Bloomer; daughter, Cathy Foley and son-in-law, Al Foley; grandchildren, Jenny, Samantha, Rebecca, Steven and Kacey; great-grandson, Jackson; sister-in-law, Connie Reece, numerous nieces and nephews and a multitude of lifelong friends. Visitation with friends and family is Friday, January 11, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at South Park Funeral Home, 1310 North Main St., Pearland, Texas on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 11, 2013