Our loving Mum slipped away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospital on January 20th while in the comforting embrace of her family at her side. Born July 2, 1920 in London, England, where she did theatre and film work and was an accomplished actress. During World War II she worked at the War Office at the Admiralty Naval Headquarters. She fell in love and married a Canadian Soldier, Major John Arthur Thornton who predeceased her on June 22, 1993. Lola and her first born survived a bombing attack, which destroyed their home in London England. Shortly thereafter, they immigrated to Arthur’s home in Hartland, New Brunswick. From Hartland they moved to Frederiction in 1946. Lola was instrumental in bringing community theatre to the area. She was a longstanding member of the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire, War Brides Association, and the Royal Canadian Legion. In addition to raising 5 children, she worked for the Department of Forestry, and later became a Real Estate Agent, well respected and loved by friends and colleagues.
She left a legacy of unconditional love to her 5 children, John, Libby, Susan, Kathy and Cindy as well as to her 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, brother Harry, sister Joan, and numerous cherished friends.
The family is indebted to the doctors, nurses and staff at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, B.C. for their compassionate care of our beloved mother.
A Funeral Service will be held at Holy Trinity Church, 15115 Roper Ave. in White Rock @ 2:00 p.m. on Thursday January 26th. Viewing at the church will be from 12:30-2:00 p.m on the day of the funeral. Reception to follow. Flowers may be sent to the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Peace Arch Hospital, telephone # 604-535-4520.
Memorial Service to be held in Fredericton, N.B. at a later date.