Lisa Coral Thornton passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 after a courageously-fought two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Her husband Brad, and other loved ones were at her side.
Lisa was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 20, 1957 to George E. and Coral May Crosby. Her childhood was enjoyed in the Baltimore area where she graduated from Towson High School at the age of 17. After graduating, she traveled across the country by herself to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. There, she earned her degree in sociology while becoming a registered nurse. She also spent a memorable semester in Israel, which she reflected upon often throughout the rest of her life.
After graduating, Lisa worked in the Payson, Utah hospital as well as in a nursing care facility in Orem, Utah. She then met her eternal companion, Bradley K. Thornton, in a ward family home evening group. They were married March 26, 1982 in the Jordan River Temple in Jordan, Utah.
After Brad graduated, they moved to Kuna to begin a farming life. Lisa then worked as a nurse at Family Practice Associates in Boise. After taking time off to raise her family, she returned to nursing as a substitute nurse for the Meridian and Kuna school districts.
Her first child, Scott was born in 1985 followed by Logan in 1987, Devin in 1989, and Wendy in 1991. She was a devoted mother, becoming very involved with her children’s many activities, including sports, 4-H, scouting, and various church activities. Whether leading, watching, driving, coaching, or cheering, she dedicated many hours to her children. She was also a very loving and caring grandma to her two precious granddaughters, Natalee and KylieJo.
In 1986, Brad and Lisa expanded their pig farm by moving to Star, but after 17 years there, the need for a more modern facility and open spaces brought the family back to Kuna, where they remained.
Lisa was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was active in many community and church activities. She was a 4-H club leader, Cub Scout Master, and held many church callings including Primary, Young Women’s, and finally served as Relief Society President, continuing even after her cancer diagnosis in 2010. She never complained and continued to serve her family and friends throughout her treatments.
Lisa is survived by husband, Bradley K. Thornton; son Scott and his wife Jessica; son Logan and his wife MelissaJo; son Devin and his wife Talia; daughter Wendy; granddaughters Natalee and KylieJo; mother Coral Crosby of Kuna; father George E. Crosby and his wife Sabra of Linden, Utah; brother George “Chip” Crosby of Hawaii; two sisters Kim Richardson of Texas and Jenny McFarlane of California.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 3, at the LDS Chapel in Kuna. A viewing was Sunday, December 2 at Zeyer Funeral Chapel in Nampa, 467-7300. Interment followed the service at the Kuna Cemetery.