Dorothy Loreen (Price) Thornton, 80, passed away Dec. 28, 2012 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Ore. She was born August 22, 1932, in the Hungry Hollow area of Westport, Ore., to Arthur and Selma (Stenersen) Price. After graduating Westport High School in 1950, Dorothy married George T. Thornton in Clatskanie, Ore., July 21, 1951. George's job with ODOT transferred their family from Clatskanie, to Coquille, Ore. to Springfield, Ore. and then to Medford, where they celebrated their 61st anniversary last summer.
Dorothy's first job was as a clerk at the Army ammunition storage depot in Mayger, Ore. during WWII. She later worked as a sales clerk at J.C. Penney in Coquille. She was Den Mother to Cub Scout Pack #314 in Coquille in 1962. After having four children, she became a homemaker and was involved in multiple clubs and lodges. The first group Dorothy joined was the Oregon State Grange, Quincy #321. On September 24, 1963, she joined Mamie Rebekah Lodge #20 in Coquille, where she became the Past Noble Grand and held a Life Membership in the I.O.O.F. Upon moving to Medford, she became an Associate member in the Olive Rebekah Lodge #28, the Table Rock Rebekah Lodge #10 in Central Point, and the Snowy Butte Rebekah Lodge #15 in Gold Hill. She was the Past President of the F.L. Club #517, a member of the L.E.A. Ladies Encampment Auxiliary, and a member of the Southern Oregon Royal Neighbors of America- Mistletoe Camp #4713. She was also an Advisor to the Omaha Theta Rho Girls Club #15 in Medford. She was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Medford since 1974.
Dorothy enjoyed music and playing the piano. She used her artistic talents to create costumes and banners for Lodge skits and to decorate her house each season and holiday. She was an avid reader, collected elephant figurines, teapots, and spoons, also enjoying thrift shopping with her two daughters. She was the family historian; collecting photos and news clippings for family and friends. Always having a ready smile and song in her heart, no one was a stranger for long around Dorothy. Dorothy and husband, George, often visited Parkside Cafe and Donut Country, where she knew the nanes of all the employees. Her sunny disposition and chatty personality will be truley missed by family and friends who loved her.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, George, of Medford; two sons, Donald L., of Eugene, and Robert W., of Tigard; and two daughters, Debra M. Lusk, of Medford, and Nancy J. Thornton, of Corvallis. She is also survived by two grandsons; five granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; brother, Edward Price of Clatskanie, and her sister, Laura Jean (Price) Wilcoxon of Lewiston, Idaho. She is preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth J. Price.
A celebration of life memorial service will be at Perl Funeral Home in Medford, Saturday, January, 12, 2013, at 2:00p.m. Charitable donations can be made to the Medford Gospel Mission.