Mary Etta Thornton

Sunrise: March 12, 1942

Sunset: March 24, 2021

Our beloved mother and grandmother Queen Mary Etta Thornton passed away peacefully on March 24, 2021 to be with her mother, father and siblings. Mary was born on March 12, 1942 in Scranton, NC to the late Harvey, Sr. and Sarah Burrus. She was also predeceased by her brothers Andrew Burrus, Lewis Burrus, Harvey Burrus Jr, a sister Rosie May Williams and two grandchildren Wiley Thornton and Anthony Thornton. She attended Norfolk Public Schools and was employed by Lake Taylor Hospital for over 20 years.

Mary was the matriarch of the family, she was very loving and devoted to her love ones. She touched people in a deep and positive way. She was a high-spirited soul who always made sure she dressed her best for every occasion. Her favorite saying was “mhm, mhm” while holding a conversation. Mary enjoyed simple pleasures such as shopping and attending social events. She looked forward to her yearly birthday celebrations at Golden Corral with her family.

Mary leaves to cherish her memories: six children: Denise Thornton, Mary Anne Perez, Nathaniel Thornton (Elizabeth), Yvonne Thornton-Swift (Robert), Felicia Harris (Melvin), Yvette Thornton, eighteen grandchildren, Felicia Gray, Sheena Gray, Alan Thornton (Tera), Benito Perez, Travis Perez, Atanacio Perez (Antionette), Jeffrey Monroe, Tonya Hinton, Nathaniel Hinton, Sa’de Hinton, Toneka Thornton, Ken Thornton, Glenn Thornton, Cherise Thornton, Keosha Thornton (Shawnta), Wesley Jones, Nazlah Thornton, Melvin Thompson and 45 great- grandchildren; three sisters, Sarah Clark, Lena Moton, Sabrina Brown; and one brother, Richard Burrus; two living aunt’s Lydia Felton and Mary Alexander, two special friends Brenda Owen and Fern Burnell who loved her dearly, and a host of family and friends.


Viewing Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Friday, April 2, 2021 11:00am Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church 1057 Kennedy Street Norfolk, VA 23513 Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23502 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance.

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    Bernice White says

    My heart goes out to the family of Mary Thornton, she was one of my neighbors and co-worker@ Lake Taylor Hospial boy didn’t we have fun back then with Virginia,and the crew of nursing, Yes Mary made me laugh, she loved her family ,Now she’s in the arms of her Heavenly Father so family think of her being n a better place ,Praying for the family 🙏🏾❤️ Bernice

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    Lashan A Williams Privott says

    To The Thornton Family, My deepest sympathy are with all of you during this time of sorrow. Just remember all the good times you shared with your mother grandmother and friend

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    Leatha Mae Windley and family. says

    To the family of Mary Etta Thornton, our family. We were so sorry to hear of her passing. May God continue to comfort each of you as you draw near to Him. Comfort and be there for each other. With love, your family in Belhaven, NC

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