Patricia A. Thornton, 77

August 29, 2016

Patricia A. Thornton, 77, of Lancaster passed away Monday, August 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Youngstown, OH she was the daughter of the late William H. and Marcella (McGowan) Armstrong. She was the loving wife of Frank J. Thornton with whom she shared over 54 years of marriage.
She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Youngstown.
Patricia was a devoted employee of Lancaster General Hospital for over twenty two years.
During her career at LGH, Pat was an esteemed team member in the Day Surgery Center at its inception. She also spent time in the Maternity Center and the Nursing Administration Office.
Pat ended her career in the NeuroScience Pain Center at the LGH Campus, where her notes and procedures are still followed today. Pats gifts and talents of organizational and people skills have never gone unnoticed. Even after retirement, Pat was asked back to fill in and help out in various departments that need guidance.
Upon her retirement in 2000, Pat enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach and reading. She was always up-to-date on current events, politics, sports and fashion. Patricia was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
In addition to her loving husband Frank, she is survived by two daughters, Mary Katherine Woodruff wife of Mark of Hockessin, DE, Maureen F. Files wife of Steven of Lancaster and three grandchildren, Nicole, Katherine, and Lauren. Also surviving are two brothers, Charles P. Armstrong husband of Diane of Canfield, OH and Robert Armstrong of FL. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers John and William Armstrong.
Friends and Family will be received from 9:30AM-11AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11AM on Friday, September 2, 2016 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601 with Fr. Dan Powell as Celebrant. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Flowers will be received. Contributions also can be made in Patricia’s memory to the church at the above address.

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September 08, 2016

I have just found out today of Pat’s passing. I can’t tell you how shocked I was to hear this news. She was always so good to me in Maternity at LGH. She was always so well dressed and had impecable taste in fashion and had this great sense of humor that was unmistakable. She saw me through an adoption and was always there for me when I needed advice. God, the way she would bat her eyes and then laugh! I will miss hearing from her on FB and at Christmas time. She had the world’s prettiest handwritting and I have always looked forward to hearing her news about her family. A lovely lady that I will miss but remember fondly.

September 02, 2016

My deepest sympathy to the family of Pat. I have great memories of working with her and seeing her at LGH over the years. The epitome of Beauty Style and Grace with the best wicked good sense of humour! Rest in Pease lovely lady hope to laugh with you again some day. Prayers for your loss…Mary Dettinger

September 02, 2016

Dear Fank and Girls:
It was with great sadness and surprise that I read of your wife/mother’s passing.  Pat was a great neighbor.  Pat was also a source of inspiration during my battle with breast cancer.  Pat willingly shared all her experiences and advise with me concerning our shared disease.  I don’t have any idea who I will call for advise on medical issues.
I also loved Pat’s spunky spirit and great laugh.  She will be missed.  Pat and I were the only people in our neighborhood that still hung laundry on ‘wash lines’.
My heart and prayers go out to your family in your time of sadness and grief.
Michael Mosemann and Jacqueline Kulp Mosemann

August 31, 2016

Wonderful thoughts and fond memories, over many years… Grace & Peace
Norm Arnold

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