Mrs V. Thornton

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MRS Viola Thornton, known to everyone as Vi, of Byron Avenue, Grantham, has died in St Edmunds Nursing Home, Grantham. She was 90.

Born in Canterbury, Kent, she spent her childhood in Melton Mowbray.

Following her marriage to Fred in 1943 she moved to Grantham.

Mrs Thornton had three children Pamela, Michael and Colin and was mother-in-law to Alan, Karen and Sandra and grandmother to Gemma, Hannah, Amy and Robert.

During the Second World War she worked at Aveling Barford, where she met Fred.

When her children were young she worked at Barratt Packaging on the twilight shift. She then worked at the Co-operative offices in St Catherine’s Road for a number of years, before moving to the Co-operative store on Princess Drive, where she remained until her retirement in 1981.

Until her health deteriorated, she was a keen churchgoer and an active member of the Church of the Ascension Ladies Fellowship, participating in trips out, bingo and helping with church fairs. She also enjoyed reading, knitting and her garden.

The Rev Chris Boland conducted the funeral service at Grantham Crematorium Chapel. Her ashes were later interred at Belton, alongside those of her husband Fred, who died in 1993.

Family mourners included: Pamela Wakerley and Alan Naylor, Michael and Karen Thornton, Colin and Sandra Thornton, Gemma Thornton, Hannah Thornton, Amy Thornton and Robert Thornton.

Other mourners included: Mr and Mrs Maplethorpe, Maureen Coe, Gill Harsley, Ann Gibson, Mr and Mrs T. Coombs, Mrs E. Coombs, Mr H. Hanson, Miss S. Hanson, Carol Meredith, Joyce Thornton, Mr R. Phillips, Mrs S. Phillips, Mrs M. McDonald, Susan Harrison, Mrs J. Wood, Mr D. Thornton, Rosie Arnott, Mr and Mrs B. Chappell, Janet and Terry Nicholls and Ann Clark.

Funeral arrangements were by Geesons Funeral Directors, Westgate Grantham.

Donations were received for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.