Marjorie "Marge" Thornton died peacefully on March 12, 2020 at Sagewood, a continuing care facility, in Phoenix, AZ at the age of 88. Her husband Neil and all four children were present.
Marge is survived by her husband Neil Thornton, who still resides at Sagewood. Marge is also survived by her children and their spouses Terryl and Dave Crowe of Portland, Tricia and Mike Matthews of Seattle, Rick and Anh Thornton of San Diego, Lori Holmes and Tony Re of Portland. They have nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her brothers Lionel and George Harris also survive her.
Marge fell in love with Neil while attending high school in Lewiston, Idaho. They married in 1952 and had 68 wonderful years of marriage- a life well lived! While Neil served in the Air Force, the couple was based in Chicago. They then spent six years in Seattle before settling in Portland, OR, to raise their children. Marge was a full-time mom with occasional stints as a legal secretary. She was a great cook and loved a good party, especially if it involved dancing and laughter. Her laughter was infectious.
In 1988, they bought a second home in Arizona, where Marge could pursue her love of swimming and golf. She was an avid sun worshiper and loved to walk, even after having both hips replaced. She was a solid bridge partner and loved to read.
In 2012, Marge and Neil moved to Sagewood. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease eight years ago. Due to her gradual decline, Marge spent the past several years of her life in the Acacia Health Center at Sagewood. The family would like to thank all of the many wonderful and caring nurses and caregivers at Acacia.
A private service for the family will be held at Hansen Desert Hills Memorial Park officiated by Pastor Paul Fredericks. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Marge and Neil Thornton were the most humorous couple at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club. You knew the party was going to be lots of fun with Marge & Neil in attendance. We’re so very sorry for your loss, Neil. Heaven just acquired another sweet angel.
Lynn & Greg Canada
My sincere, heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I would like to have known Marge. Blessings be upon you in the difficult days ahead. Judy Erickson, Sagewood resident
Marge was a wonderful and humorous lady. They were a fun couple to be around. Loves and prayers to Neil and the family, Anne and Bob Oswald
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