My Previous message referred to Olena Fern Thornton Herring. It
actually should have been Olena Fern Thornton Timian.
Sorry for the error.
Albert W. Sechrist
Albert W. Sechrist wrote:
Recent messages from Sarah and others have referred to written about
the Daniel Thornton family of Erath County, by Linda Herring.
Linda's mother Olena Fern Thornton Herring died Aug 25, 2005
She was the daughter of Henry Clay and Lester Lee Sechrist Thornton,
and was born in Erath Co. in 1912.
Her obituary from the Aug 31, 2005 edition of the Lubbock Avalanche
O. Fern T. Timian made her entrance into heaven Thursday, Aug. 25,
2005, during sunrise just two weeks shy of her 93rd birthday. Her two
daughters and oldest granddaughter held vigil until she left her
Fern was born to Henry Clay and Lester Lee Sechrist Thornton Sept. 8,
1912 in Stephenville. She married her true love from Littlefield, Emil
Harold Timian, March 30, 1936. The union lasted 55 years. Emil died in
1991. Fern and Emil ("Tim" or "Pot") made their home in Lubbock for
years. Fern was Civil Service (Reese AFB), and Emil was with the City
of Lubbock as various Department Heads. Their church home was Redeemer
Lutheran Church where both were very active as they were charter members.
Upon retirement, they moved to Texas City, and then to Jamaica Beach
on Galveston Island. After Emil "Far Baby" died, Fern "Gran" moved to
Edgewood Retirement in Galveston and then to the Terrace in Sugar
Land. When her health deteriorated, she moved to Vosswood Nursing Home
Preceding Fern in death were Emil; her parents; and siblings, LL
Thornton, Dean Thornton, Louise Wilson, and Dr. Mel Thornton.
Surviving sister is Linnie B. Alguire of Dallas and Seattle, Wash.
Fern and Emil had two daughters, their spouses, six grandchildren and
11 great-grandchildren: daughter Linda and Rev. Mel Herring of
Houston; granddaughter, Leigh and Carlo Carreon, and their children,
Megan, Emily, Elizabeth and Christian of the Woodlands; grandson, Mark
and Jacqueline Herring and their children, Andrew and Alicia of Ceres,
Calif.; granddaughter, Sarah and Mark Claburn and their children,
Jacob and Kathleen of Mansville; granddaughter, Rachel and John
Brownlee and their children, Alexandra and Allison of Lucas; daughter,
Janice and Roger Stohlman of Galveston; grandson, Kevin Stohlman of
Galveston; and grandson, Todd and Theresa Stohlman and their child,
Taylor of League City.
Fern touched many lives on this earth. She was respected and loved
because she gave respect and love to those around her. She was a
member of NARFE, Fishers of Men Lutheran Church and Bible Study, and
Jamaica Janes on the Island. Many days she would play bridge, crochet,
or watch all sports on TV.
A visitation will be held Thursday, the 1st day of September at 1 p.m.
at Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home in Lubbock. A celebration service
will start at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Mel Herring officiating. Burial
will directly follow in the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Grandsons will
serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Odyssey Hospice Care,
2636 South Loop West Suite 210, Houston, TX 77054; or the Organ Fund
at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, 2011 Austin Park Way, Sugar Land,
Albert W. Sechrist
A distant relative
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