Phyllis A Thornton

May 30, 1941 - July 29, 2012

Phyllis Ann Coder Johnson Thornton, 71, of Peoria, died Sunday, July 29, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family following a three-year heroic fight with multiple myeloma cancer. She retired from Amerigas where she worked as an office manager for almost 30 years. Following retirement, she worked at The Scotts Company and also at Union County Senior Services and for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She attended grade school in Peoria. A 1959 graduate of Northwestern High School, she proudly socialized regularly throughout the years with classmates. She enjoyed reading, traveling, watching movies and using the Raymond Public Library. She liked auctions, family gatherings and genealogy, animals and photo collecting. Despite her recent health challenges, she traveled in June with her cousin, Shirley, to western America by train and visited Seattle, Sacramento and Reno. She was born May 30, 1941 in Union County to the late Thelmo “Sam” and Mary Hamilton Coder. She was also preceded in death in 2006 by her husband, Tom Thornton. She is survived by her daughter, Renee (Ken Rosebrook, Sr.) Johnson of West Mansfield; her grandson, Ken (Amber) Rosebrook, Jr. of East Liberty; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rosebrook; an aunt, Betty Richardson of Richwood; an uncle, Bob (Beatrice “Peggy”) Hamilton of Marysville; a brother-in-law, David (Jean) Thornton of Raymond; a sister-in-law, Twyla (Jim) Elliott of West Mansfield; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and good friends, including, Shirley Bumgarner and Tami Speicher and family, Melony Baker and family, Barb Bahan and family, Rick Jones and family and Terry Jones and family. Calling hours will be held 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Underwood Funeral Home where a Life Celebration Service will be held at 6 p.m. Pastor Max Jackson will officiate. The family will receive friends during a dinner tribute following the funeral service at 7 p.m. at Liberty Township Community Building in Raymond. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Union County Humane Society, Memorial Meals or Loving Care Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


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