Virginia Fern Thornton, 89, of Covington, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at The Waters of Covington, having been a patient a short time. She was born Jan. 1, 1925, at Berne, Ind., the daughter of Sam and Iona Ethel (Eskridge) Zahnd.
Virginia was a resident of Sidney, Ill., in early life and graduated from Sidney High School. She resided in Lewellen, Neb., for several years and moved to Covington in 1959. She was a homemaker and farm wife who enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, oil painting, baking, flowers, gardening and canning.
Her memberships: Salem United Methodist Church, Rural Troy Homemakers Club, of which she was a past president, and Covington Art league.
Virginia married William A. R. Thornton on Sept. 15, 1946, in Sidney, Ill., and he died on July 26, 1997. Surviving is a daughter, Sherri (Charles) Nester of Peoria, Ariz.; three sons, Robert W. (Sharon) Thornton of Roanoak, Ill., Christopher (Tracy) Thornton of Mattoon, Ill., and David (Lisa) Thornton of Covington; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her parents and a brother preceded her in death.
Visitation will be noon until the time of services at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, June 20, 2014, at Shelby Funeral Home, Covington. Pastor Paul Kent will officiate and burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery at Sidney, Ill.
Memorials requested to Covington Community Foundation. Condolences to the family: www.shelbyfuneralhome.com.