Lois Smith Thornton, 88, of Chapel Hill, NC passed peacefully in her sleep on Friday, March 15, 2019. Lois was born April 6, 1930 to Helen S. Smith and Frank W. Smith in New Rochelle, NY. As a true East Coast girl, she was raised in Worcester, MA, raised her own family in Manchester, CT, spent summers in Maine, winters in Naples, FL and finally settled in North Carolina.
After graduating from Colby Junior College (Colby Sawyer) she married and moved to Manchester, CT. Lois was a homemaker in the truest and most honorable sense of the word. No matter the location, she created a space where you and your friends were always welcome. She loved snow skiing, playing tennis, listening to music, and most of all spending time with her family and friends at camp on Sebago Lake in Maine.
Lois is survived by her brother James W. Smith of Troy, PA, her son Jack Thornton and his wife Robina of Fuquay Varina, NC, her daughter Sandy Thornton McNary and her husband John of Orlando, FL and was predeceased by her son Steve Thornton of Angier, NC. She also leaves 6 grandchildren Jennifer Thornton Johnson and her husband Ted, Curtis Thornton, Kate Thornton Greenbacker and her husband Charlie, Michael Thornton, Meghan McNary, Connor McNary, and 10 great grands Caleb, Liam, and Anna Johnson, Halle and Wyatt Thornton, Chase, Andrew, Emma, and James Greenbacker, and Taylor Thornton.
As a long time sufferer of glaucoma and macular degeneration, Lois was a passionate supporter of Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization. Memorial contributions may be sent to 611 Granite Springs Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 or www.guidingeyes.org.
A private burial will be held in Maine.
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