Wilma Fawn Thorburn, 92, Nevada, Mo., died Monday, March 20, 2006, at Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada. She was born Sept. 25, 1913, in Walker, Mo., to Oliver A. Smith and Verda Bell Kefauver Smith. She was married to Elijah Butler who preceded her in death in 1941. She later married Paul Thorburn in 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1973.
Mrs. Thorburn was a member of the Church of God 7th Day in Joplin, Mo. She grew up in Rich Hill, Mo., and graduated from Rich Hill High School. She received her teaching certificate in Warrensburg, Mo., and taught school in rural country schools in Bates County. She worked at the Nevada State Hospital as an aid, retiring in 1979. She was a volunteer at Nevada Regional Medical Center Auxiliary in Nevada.
She is survived by two daughters, Virginia Moore, Nevada, and Marlene Breiner and husband Roy, Gladstone, Mo.; four grandchildren, Kirk Moore, Houston, Texas, Mark Moore, San Antonio, Texas, Chris Breiner, Kansas City, Mo., Gena Phillips, Overland Park, Kan.; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 24, at Newton Burial Park, Nevada, with Vernon Peterson officiating.
Friends may call now and until 10:30 a.m., on Friday at Ferry Funcral Home, Nevada. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday between 7-8 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to either Moore-Few Care Center in care of the Nevada Regional Medical Center Foundation or the American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.
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