Ruth Ann Thornton: Died 09/08/2016

Ruth Ann Thornton


Clarksdale, MO……Ruth Ann Thornton, age 83, was born January 17, 1933 in Clarksdale, Missouri, the daughter of Clifford Raymond and Delsie Ruth (Ketchem) Thornton and passed away September 8, 2016 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

On July 6, 1950, Ruth Ann married her childhood sweetheart Kenneth Elmer Thornton and they were at each others side for 63 years until his passing in 2013. She was a member of the Union Chapel Cemetery Board and Mt. Moriah Baptist Church where she was the Church Clerk and Sunday School Teacher. Ruth Ann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and she had great joy in her grandchildren.

Ruth Ann is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; and two children, Kendra Kay and Russell Lee Thornton.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Zieber (Larry), Maysville and Karen Carpenter (Brett), Gower; daughter-in-law, Debi Thornton, Clarksdale; sister-in-law, Lou Wamsley, Savannah; seven grandchildren, Brandie Thornton, Timothy Thornton (Taylor), Angela Zieber (Russ), Matthew Zieber ( Jacqualine), Kimberly Sanchez (Manuel), Michael Carpenter (Neely), and Mallory Lanham (Hunter); and three great-grandchildren, Braedyn, Mina, and Kasen.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2016 at Turner Family Funeral Home of Maysville with burial in Union Chapel Cemetery, Clarksdale. Visitation: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions: Union Chapel Cemetery or Mosaic Hospice. Online condolences:

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5 Responses to “Ruth Ann Thornton: Died 09/08/2016”

  1. Maxine & Ron Goff September 10, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    To ALL of Ruth Ann’s surviving family we say we are sorry for your loss. Ruth Ann was one of our HS class of 1950 and we loved her dearly during all of this time. During HS, I, Maxine, stayed all night with her but she never went home with me. She has always been special and you are all lucky to have been related to her. With our love, Maxine & Ron Goff

    • Shirley October 13, 2016 at 2:21 am #

      Mom talked about you guys a lot, so we know you were good friends. Thank you so much!

  2. Stacey (Bravo) Green September 10, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Brandie, I was so very sorry to hear of your grandma’s passing . You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.

  3. Shelly Riley September 12, 2016 at 3:17 am #

    Sorry for your loss Debbie

  4. Teresa McCallan Wilson September 12, 2016 at 3:45 am #

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I am a childhood friend of Debi, Mrs. Thornton’s daughter in law. Debi, just wanted to tell you how sorry I was. You and Tim are ever in my thoughts and prayers …always. We all love you in St Joe & miss you. …Teresa and family

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