Ursula's Story

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Ursula Anita Thornton, 85, born in Wuppertal Germany on July 4th, 1931, died on the evening of March 31, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As she passed, Ursula was holding the hand of her husband of nearly 63 years, Billy Thornton. Ursula, a diabetic and recipient of a donated kidney, had struggled recently with her health.
She was the eldest child of four siblings, two sisters and one brother. Ursula grew up in Europe during World War II.
Ursula and Billy met in Germany at a movie theatre about 10 years after the war while he served in the U.S. Army and she worked as an English translator. His cowboy boots attracted Ursula to him. She had never seen such shoes before. They lived most of their lives together in Colorado where they raised two sons, Tim and David Thornton.
Ursula enjoyed camping with her family in the Rocky Mountains and was a wonderful cook. In her younger days, she would hunt and fish alongside her husband. Throughout their lives together, Ursula and Billy depended heavily upon each other.
From her loved daughter-in-law, Catherine and son David, Ursula had three grandchildren, Suzanne (25), Lisa (24), and Drake (19). She spent her final years on a peaceful farm/ranch with her husband in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
Ursula was vibrant and fiery, approaching life with a passion. She was the kind of woman who could out-shoot, swim, or ride better than many a man. She was the first to stick her hand into a goose to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for her family, and the last to put down her mystery book at night before bed. German and English mixed as her words floated throughout the house.
Ursula is again back with her youngest son, younger sister, Earthly mother and father, and now with her Heavenly Father. She was a fighter until the very end.
A memorial service was held with family and friends April 7 at the Pauls Valley Senior Center. She is missed so very much - until we will see her again.
Published on April 11, 2017
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