DATE OF BIRTH: 6 Mar 1923 Smith Valley, Johnson Co., IN DATE OF DEATH: 8 Feb 2003 Plainfield, Hendricks Co., IN Franklin Daily Journal 10 Feb 2003 PLAINFIELD Gertrude Juanita Thornton Gertrude Juanita (Bennett) Thornton, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at Plainfield Health Center. She was a resi- dent of Plainfield and a former resident of Smith Valley and Kennedy Living Center in Martinsville. She was born March 6, 1923, in Smith Valley. Her parents were Worth and Sally (Thompson) Bennett. She married Sam Thornton on Dec. 30, 1968. He preceded her in death Sept. 2, 1984. Survivors include a stepson, Raymond Thorn- ton of Spencer; a brother, Worth Bennett Jr. of Whiteland; two sisters, Mary Day of Greenwood and Helen Thomann of Rockville; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Bennett; and a sister, Marjorie Birtchman. She was a 1941 graduate of Center Grove High School. She was employed by Lane Bryant as a clerk and was an Avon representative. She was a member of Smith Valley United Methodist Church. Everett Van Winkel will conduct a service at 1 p.m. Tues- day at Vandivier-Tudor Bargersville Chapel. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in White River Township.
Submitted by Mark Wirey