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Hale Crosby Thornton(1921 - 2013)

Hale Crosby Thornton

April 15, 1921

March 27, 2013

Hale Crosby Thornton, 91, died peacefully in Reno, March 27, 2013. Hale was born April 15, 1921 in Dover, New Hampshire. She spent her childhood on the family dairy farm, graduated from Dover High School and continued her education receiving a degree in History from the University of New Hampshire. After working in Boston for a year Hale arrived in Reno in 1945 to visit friends. Here she fell in love with the West and Victor Thornton, a Nevada native hailing from Unionville. They married in 1947 making their home in Reno where they raised three daughters, Jennifer, Victoria and Beatrice.

A lifetime passion was kindled on April 16, 1966 when Hale was accepted into the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, active in both the Toiyabe and Sagebrush Chapters. Hale served in many DAR capacities; State Regent 1986 - 1988, Nevada Sagebrush Chapter Regent for three terms, State Librarian, Historian, Registrar, Recording Secretary, Treasurer and National Vice Chairman DAR Scholarship Committee. Hale was also a member of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century where she served as State President from 2001 to 2003. Her many friendships made within these organizations were a great source of pleasure and pride for Hale. A love of reading and books made her an enthusiastic library volunteer at UNR for over 20 years.

Family time spent in Unionville, back road treks to visit mining claims and pine nut hunting are now dearly kept memories, experiences that imbued her daughters with a special reverence for the Nevada landscape.

Hale is survived by her brother Robert Crosby, daughters Jennifer Yager (Michael) and Victoria Sloan (Tom) and grandchildren Ron Thoyre (Renee), Allison Kosturos (Joe), Nathan Sloan (Tyna), Catherine Sloan (William), Brooke Heaton (Alan), Aaron Porter (Taylor), Amy Schurman and 18 great -grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Victor, parents, Robert and Beatrice Crosby, sisters Constance Rice and Beatrice Reed, daughter Beatrice Schurman and granddaughter Sara Schurman.

The family has the deepest gratitude to the staff at The Fountains Senior Care for the loving kindness they so freely offered to Hale in her hours of need; Carmen and Carla who she said she loved and wanted a hug from, Rosa, Carolina, Bernice, Marisol, Elvira, Julie, Valerie and Chef Jeff. Amanda and Ashley from Vista Care Hospice also brought a level of gentle care and compassion that will not be forgotten.

Memorial services will be held at Ross Burke & Knobel Mortuary, 2155 Kietzke Lane, Reno, on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM with a reception to follow at the facility. Inurnment will be held at later date.


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, 2013
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