Elizabeth Thornton Woerner

October 30, 1909 - November 18, 2005 

Elizabeth Thornton Woerner

October 30, 1909 - November 18, 2005 

Obituary for Elizabeth Thornton Woerner

Elizabeth Thornton Woerner was born October 30, 1909 in Kobe, Japan, the fourth of six children born to missionary parents, Eliza and Jesse Thornton. She died November 18, 2005 at her daughter's home in Carmel. She graduated from the Canadian Academy in Kobe and moved to St. Louis where she met her husband, Irvin Woerner, at her father's church and married in 1931. She was in the 1928 class at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. She and her husband had two children. They moved to Indianapolis in 1945, and she worked at the Wm. H. Block Co. and Western Electric until the family moved to the Chicago area in 1953. She and her husband returned to Indianapolis in 1967 where she worked at Indiana Bell until her retirement in 1972. They moved to Carmel in 1975 and Irvin died in 1977. She then managed her son-in-law's dental office until she again retired in 1988. She moved from Carmel to Springfield, Illinois in 1989 and lived there until a month before her death.
Surviving are a sister, Lydia Darragh of Hastings, Nebraska; two children: Judith (Ronald) Bowman of Carmel, Indiana, and Philip (Barbara) Woerner of Springfield, Illinois; six grandchildren: Christine (Ronald) D'Onofrio, Keith (Brenda) Bowman, Elizabeth Clifford, Amy (Jeff) Christie, Thornton (Judith) Woerner, and Graham (April) Woerner; 22 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
She is remembered by her family and friends for her gracious spirit, her wise counsel, and her Christian faith which was exemplified in her life.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22 at Grace Community Church, 5504 East 146th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 21, at Harry Moore Family Mortuary, 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, or at the church from 10-11 a.m. before the services on Tuesday. Burial at Oaklawn Cemetery will follow the services.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Grace Church or to Faith Missionary Church, 9125 North College, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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