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Dorothy Elizabeth Thornton

December 31, 1925 — May 22, 2023

Obituary for Dorothy Elizabeth Thornton


Dorothy Elizabeth Thornton, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2023, at the age of 97, surrounded by her loved ones at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was born on December 31, 1925, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the late Roy and Belle Thompson (nee Lawson).


Dorothy was a woman of deep faith and was a devoted member of the East Ridge United Methodist Church until she could no longer attend. Her love for her family was immeasurable, and she cherished every moment spent with them. Dorothy found solace and inspiration in reading the Bible, finding comfort and guidance within its pages. She was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, and she would eagerly follow their games, celebrating their victories and sharing in their defeats.


Known for her green thumb, Dorothy had a talent for gardening and took great joy in tending to her plants and flowers. She also found pleasure in observing the beauty of nature, particularly watching birds in their natural habitat.


Dorothy is survived by her loving grandson, Travis Lewis, and his wife, Joy, as well as her cherished great-granddaughter, Madeline Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy G Thompson and Belle Thompson, her son, Skip Thornton, her daughters, Marcia Martin and Connie Lewis, and her siblings, Marie Harris, Mildred Thompson, Ethel Curtis, and Homer Thompson.


The arrangements have been entrusted to Companion Funeral and Cremation Service, Cleveland Chapel. The family will hold a private celebration of Dorothy's life at a later date and time. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation, a cause that was close to Dorothy's heart.


As we bid farewell to Dorothy, we remember her with love and gratitude for the beautiful memories she created. In the words of an old Irish blessing, "May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hands."

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