Kathryn Jane Thornburg, 91, of Fort Worth Texas died April 2, 2012. She was born September 9, 1920, daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Carey Thornburg on the farm where they lived outside Wilmington, Ohio. She grew up surrounded by extended family. She attended Wilmington schools and Chester Friends Meeting.
Later she moved to Texas, and helped her brother Edward and his wife care for their young children. Kathryn liked Texas, and later moved to Fort Worth. She worked as an executive secretary at Alcon Labs. After many years at Alcon, she took one of the bold steps so characteristic of her. She left her job and spent the next four years happily studying in a bachelor’s program at Texas Christian University. She was always optimistic and confident in herself. After this she engaged in business ventures as her own boss.
Visits to her parents in Highland, Ohio were always a source of excitement for her nieces and nephews, to whom she seemed stylish and cosmopolitan. She loved dancing, and loved reading and learning new things throughout her life.
She spent the rest of her life in Fort Worth, and visits from her northern family were welcomed enthusiastically. She celebrated her ninetieth birthday there with her sister, nieces, and friend Sarah. In Greenbriar Mansions, where she resided in her later years, she was friendly and outgoing with all the residents. She was an independent thinker and liked to read journals as diverse as Forbes and Scientific American.
She is survived by her sister Evelyn Fisher, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews in Texas, Ohio, and Virginia. In addition to her parents, an infant brother and sister, David Raymond and Mary Elizabeth Thornburg, her brother, Edward C. Thornburg, her sister-in-law, Frances Scott Thornburg, her brother-in-law, Harold E. Fisher, and two nephews, are preceded in death.
Her family expresses great thanks to her constant friend and guardian Sarah Stringer of Fort Worth, Texas.
A graveside service at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Leesburg, Ohio will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Chester Friends Meeting, c/o Billie Baker 378 Darbyshire Drive, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.