Glo­ria El­iz­a­beth Thorn­ton

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Glo­ria El­iz­a­beth Thorn­ton, age 92, of Free­hold Town­ship died on De­cem­ber 26, 2018. Her life’s jour­ney was one of ac­com­plish­ment and lov­ing kind­ness. She touched the lives of all who knew her.

Glo­ria was born in New York City on Novem­ber 13, 1926 to Ger­man par­ents who im­mi­grated dur­ing World War I. She ex­celled in her stud­ies and at­tended the elite Hunter High School and Hunter Col­lege in New York City, ma­jor­ing in math and the sciences, as well as demon­strat­ing pro­fi­ciency in mu­sic and art. She at­tended the Univer­sity of Michi­gan Grad­u­ate School where she ob­tained a Mas­ter’s de­gree in Chem­istry. Glo­ria was one of the pi­o­neer­ing sci­en­tists to de­velop car­bon 14 dat­ing as a way of de­ter­min­ing the age of arche­o­log­i­cal ar­ti­facts. But when she met and mar­ried Clarence G. Thorn­ton she be­came a home­maker ex­clu­sively and full­time mom to her two chil­dren, Su­san and Scott. She man­aged her leisure time well enough to squeeze in com­mit­ments as a Cub Scout Den mother, a home­room mother, and ac­tive in­volve­ment with the School Board.

In mid-life, Glo­ria re­turned to Univer­sity to ob­tain her de­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion fol­lowed by many suc­cess­ful years teach­ing preschool chil­dren while serv­ing as the Direc­tor of Colts Neck Re­formed Church Preschool. Through­out her life, she spoke fondly of all the chil­dren she touched in their for­ma­tive years. Glo­ria was ac­tive in the Colts Neck Re­formed Church, and in later life at the Ap­ple­wood Re­tire­ment com­mu­nity. She was a first­class part­ner to her busy and ac­com­plished hus­band, and a friend to many.

Glo­ria leaves be­hind her daugh­ter, Su­san Carol and hus­band Nigel; her son, Richard Scott and wife Kath­leen; four grand­chil­dren, Chris­tine and hus­band John, Michael and wife Is­abel, El­iz­a­beth and hus­band James and An­drew and wife Sarah; and two great grand­chil­dren, Owen and Ben.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 11:00 AM on Sat­ur­day, Jan­uary 5, 2019 at the Colts Neck Re­formed Church, 72 County Road 537, Colts Neck, New Jer­sey 07722. Friends and fam­ily will be re­ceived from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and af­ter the ser­vice.

In mem­ory of this re­mark­able woman, and in lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions can be made to the Colts Neck Re­formed Church.

Ar­range­ments were un­der the di­rec­tion of the Clay­ton & McGirr Fu­neral Home, Free­hold Town­ship. For in­for­ma­tion, di­rec­tions or con­do­lence mes­sages to the fam­ily, visit www.clay­ton­fu­ner­al­home.com

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