Emma R. "Louise" Thornton - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Emma R. “Louise” Thornton

January 22, 1928 - October 30, 2021

Emma R. “Louise” Thornton, age 93, of Middletown, DE, passed away on October 30, 2021, at Season’s Hospice.

Louise was born on January 22, 1928 in Middletown, DE, and grew up in Delaware City.

She was predeceased by her husband, Morrial G. Thornton, in 1991. Louise is survived by her son and caregiver, R. Randall, at home; daughter, Margaret T. Hadley (Jan) of West Union, SC; two grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

After attending Conrad High School, Louise graduated from the Memorial School of Nursing. Her career as a Registered Nurse spanned fifty years. She was an especially independent person and was always ready to help a friend or those less fortunate than her.

Louise’s activities included traveling, taking day trips, and shopping. Her destinations included Europe, the Middle East, Hawaii, and traveling to the Florida Space Coast with her son. She was a member of the New Castle Presbyterian Church for over seventy years and enjoyed delivering meals to the elderly through the Meals on Wheels program. Louise attended the first live service at the church in July 2021 following the reopening.

Donations can be made in Louise’s name to the New Castle Presbyterian Church, 25 E 2nd Street, New Castle, DE 19720.

All services and interment will be held privately.

The family would like to thank the staff at Season’s Hospice for their compassionate care.


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6 Condolences for Emma R. “Louise” Thornton

  • Peggy,

    We are so sorry to read about your mother’s death. What a lovely woman! I so enjoyed talking to her at church and catching up on your news. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.


  • My sincerest condolences to Peggy, Randy and the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Mrs. Thornton. Louise was a special friend to my mother, Ann Mackin DePace. I know that they were in the Memorial School of Nursing together, so they were friends for almost 70 years, until my mother’s passing in 2013. My brothers and sisters and I will always remember Mrs. Thornton as one of the bridge club ladies, who came to our house during our growing up years. On those nights there was lots of chatting and laughter from downstairs. I’m not sure how much actual bridge was played. In later years there were trips and weekends at the beach with Louise and my mother’s other nurse friends. I know she cherished those memories of Louise and the ladies. May your own special memories of Louise continue to live on in your hearts.

  • My heartfelt condolences to the family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My sincere condolences. So sorry to hear about Louise.

  • Peggy. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing and your Aunt Doris passing. At times like this we must leave things in God’s hands

  • As we approach Mother’s Day, my heart is with you Peggy and Randy as you face your first one without your mom.
    Louise was my favorite aunt, always smiling, always kind, always neat and tidy, always a great cook! Christmas Eve memories of the candlelight service at the New Castle Presbyterian Church and that special meal with Aunt Louise, Uncle Zip, Peggy and Randy are dear. Sending love to you from Michigan.