The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 13, 2013

Marjorie Mary Thorn

JOPLIN, Mo. — Marjorie Mary Thorn, 82, a beloved wife and devoted mother and a long-time resident of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.  

Marjorie was born June 7, 1931, in Luana, Iowa, the youngest of four daughters, to the late Ray and Celia Mitchell.

On Dec. 27, 1947, she married Roy W. Thorn Jr. in Decorah, Iowa. After Roy was drafted in 1951, they moved to San Antonio, Texas, for his Basic Training and then to Camp Crowder in Neosho, to finish out his military service and then moving to Diamond, Mo., Henry, Ill., and eventually to Joplin. While living in Henry, she worked part-time for the Welcome Wagon Company and the Henry Grade School.        

Marjorie was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, gardening, flowers, bowling, playing cards and games with her grand kids and volunteering for several organizations and attending services at St. Peters Church in Joplin. She loved flea markets and yard sales.  

Most of all, Marjorie cherished her family and friends, especially her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.  

Majorie was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters; Regina and Lillion.

She is survived by her husband, Roy W. Thorn Jr., of the home; her four children, Donald J. Thorn, of Joplin, Pamala Carrier and husband, Dennis, of Joplin, Roy W. Thorn III, of Joplin, and Mike Thorn and wife, Lee Ann, of Bartlesville, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Stacy Thorn, of Duncan, Okla., Brandi Carrier, of Alexandria, Va., Tiffney Testerman and husband, Nick, of Joplin, Lindsay Smith, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Ryan Thorn, of Stamford, Conn., Mark Thorn, of Bartlesville, Craig Thorn, of Bartlesville, and Megan Norman and husband, Joey, of Kansas City, Mo.; four great-grandchildren, Keely Thorn, of Duncan, Okla., Lillian Testerman, of Joplin, Luke Wood, of Oklahoma City, and Josephine Testerman, of Joplin; a sister, Helen Vick, of Decorah, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Thorn, of Des Moines, Iowa; plus several nieces and nephews and their children.   

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with funeral services starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, of Joplin.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the March of Dimes or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory, of Joplin.

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