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Marion Thornton

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Beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013, at the age of 94.

Marion was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 7, 1919. In 1938 she married Austin Thornton and they soon moved to California and the San Fernando Valley. They were married for 74 years before his death in 2012. Marion was the consummate volunteer, starting as a room mother 63 years ago. She enjoyed more than anything helping people. The County of Los Angeles gave her their Volunteer of the Year Award for her work at Olive View Hospital, and then she and Austin spent many years volunteering at Holy Cross Hospital. She has received many other awards and accolades for her work with her children's schools, church and community.

Marion is survived by her daughter, Linda (Russ) Hamilton; son, Scott (Julie) Thornton; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 15455 Glen Oaks Blvd., Sylmar on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, or gifts please make a donation in the memory of Marion Thornton to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Foundation, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills, CA 91346, or The Ronald McDonald House.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Nov. 24, 2013
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