Dorothy Marie Thornbrough

June 19, 1942 ~ January 22, 2022 (age 79)


Dorothy Marie Thornbrough, 79 of Danville, passed away on January 22, 2022 at Countryside Meadows in Avon.  She was born on June 19, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Lawrence William and Augusta Marie Hausermann Thornbrough.  Dorothy graduated from Washington High School in 1960 and then attended the Indiana School of Automation.  She worked as a keypunch operator at Wishard Hospital for many years until she retired.  My Aunt Dorothy was a warm, caring, and devoted older sister, Aunt, and great Aunt, who spent many years taking care of her sister and family.  She was also an animal lover. In her free time, she loved enjoying fiction, novels, comics and, animated stories and would share that with us.  Superman and Lois, Spider-man and Batman and loved sharing them with us.  (And I'm sorry about the Justice League glasses. Rip) From Scooby Doo to Tarzan and Beauty and the Beast and the Lone Ranger, I wish I could name them all.  She was also a huge sci fi fan and a huge fan of the Original Star Trek Kirk and Spock.  She also had to fire up the VHS to capture every episode of her Soaps and Dark Shadows when they came on!  It's because of her VCR, I have the first 10 seasons of the Simpsons ingrained into my brain. I thank her for that and for sharing that with us. I will always remember Christmas and Thanksgiving and the Holidays at her home. We would be outside, playing with her animals in the back yard or on the swing set until food was ready.  Her Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie made with ingredients from her garden. All the doggies begging for scraps and us crowding around the tiny, but warm table.  I will also remember tearing through the Christmas presents and Birthday presents at their place and mountains of bad pun animal cards from her over my youth and into my adult hood.  I still remember opening up a birthday present only to find a box of doggy treats, and upon being annoyed and yelling at them, opening that up to find my real present.  A good time was had by everyone but me.  What else is a good aunt supposed to do, but torture me and my brother anyways?  I will never forget her hugs, and wet doggy kisses as we would leave.  She would always stand and wave good bye in the door way, as we drive away.  Dad would always honk as we drove away… until we see would see them again.  She still inspires me to be a better Uncle and a kinder, better person.  She will be forever remembered in our hearts.  She is survived by her sister Pauline, her nephews Billy and Brian and his children Jordan, Katie, Hayden, Logan and Tristan.  Her parents and sister, Margaret L. Thornbrough, preceded her in death.  Private services held with burial at Floral Park Cemetery in Indianapolis.  Baker Funeral Home, Danville, is handling the arrangements. 

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Floral Park Cemetery
425 North Holt Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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