Florence E. Thornberry

December 31, 1920 - January 23, 2013

Florence E. Thornberry, 92, of Jefferson City, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Adams Street Place. She was born December 31, 1920, in Bland, Missouri, a daughter of the late Christopher and Bertha (Diestelkamp) Lahmeyer. She was a 1939 graduate of Bland High School. On December 23, 1939, Florence was united in marriage in Jefferson City, to Thomas E. Thornberry, who preceded her in death on June 25, 1997. Florence worked as Publication Secretary for the First Baptist Church from 1965 - 1973, and as a Typist for the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce from 1973 - 1975. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson City. Florence was a wonderful cook, and always enjoyed baking, fishing, and spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks with her husband and family after her retirement. Florence is survived by a daughter: Sherry Emory of Jefferson City; and two grandchildren: Randy Hager (wife Suzanne) of Jefferson City; and Kim Williams (husband David) of Jefferson City. She was also preceded in death by two brothers: Anton "Tony" Lahmeyer, Charles Lahmeyer, and one sister: Louise Schneider. Friends will be received from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, where Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street; Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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