2014-05-15 / Obituaries

Rev. Merel Thornton

The Rev. Merel Thornton, age 78, of Mariposa, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Anderson Hospital in Meridian, Miss.

Rev. Thornton had been a resident of Mariposa for the past 22 years. He was a member of the Full Gospel Assembly in Turlock, where he served as an associate pastor. He was also a pilot—and enjoyed flying on many mission trips to India, the Philippines, Mexico, and Poland.

Rev. Thornton is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Rachel Thornton, and sister Betty Parham. He is survived by his wife Betty Thornton of Mariposa, one son, Timothy Thornton of Mariposa, one daughter, Rev. Ruth Thompson and husband Rev. Craig Thompson of Forest, Miss., two sisters, Loretta Logie of Watsonville and Gloria Morgan of Phoenix, Ariz. He is also survived by two brothers, David Thornton of Oakley, Calif. and Mike Thornton of Lyle, Wash., two grandchildren, Jacob Thompson and wife Katlyne, Beth Thompson, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 10 at Keyes Assembly of God, Keyes, Calif. Burial followed in the Ceres Memorial Park in Ceres, Calif.

Please leave memories and condolences at www.allenmortuary.com.

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