Former teacher lived at Plymouth Village for the past 20 years

Laurel Thornton

Laurel Helen Brady Thornton, a former teacher who moved to Plymouth Village in 2000, died on Feb, 12, 2020. She was 96.

Born on July 25, 1923, in Chicago, the only child of Ernest and Grace Brady, she attended schools in Chicago, Maryland and graduated from Burbank High School in 1941.

On Feb. 28, 1942, she married James Edwin Thornton. She studied elementary education at Bakersfield Junior College and graduated from Fresno State Extension in Bakersfield with her teaching degree.

She became a teacher in 1962 and taught in the Greenfield Union School District, Barstow and San Bernardino City Unified School Districts until she retired in June 1986.

Thornton moved to Plymouth Village in March 2000. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter (PE) in San Bernardino and the First Congregational United Church of Christ San Bernardino. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years and her son Randall.

She is survived by her daughter Sharon Kay Wisdom; sons Douglas Scott and Michael Allen Thornton; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Willow Room at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills. A service will be held at Plymouth Village. Call Plymouth Village at (909) 703-1233 for date and time.