Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA


Beverly Wirth Thornton

December 29, 1938June 13, 2019

Beverly Wirth Thornton passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the age of 80. She was the beloved wife for 44 years of the late John Perkins Thornton; loving mother of John Dewey Thornton II and Donna Thornton Gathright (Peter); grandmother of Ethan, Reece, and Heidi Gathright; sister of Sharon Wirth Schuler (the late Alphonse), Colleen Wirth Fischer (Bill), and the late Terry Wirth; daughter of the late Victor and Esther Heldt Wirth. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Beverly was born and raised in Devils Lake, North Dakota, and graduated from nursing school as a registered nurse. After graduating, she moved to the California coast, where she worked for various hospitals. Beverly moved to New Orleans, where she met her husband, Perkins, and established their home in Metairie. She continued her nursing career throughout the New Orleans area, including Charity Hospital's pediatric department. Beverly enjoyed travelling with her husband, and loved playing golf and tennis. She was a devout Catholic, and attended St. Ann's Church and Shrine. Beverly was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be sorely missed. A private burial will be held at Lake Lawn Park in New Orleans. To view and sign the guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com


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Elaine Schuler

July 13, 2019

Sharon and Colleen,
So sorry to hear you have lost your sister. Lots of memories. I remember she and Janet visiting me in Williamsburg VA and Libertyville IL as an adult and of course all throughout my childhood, as she was my sister Janet's best friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Elaine Schuler

Judi Koehmstedt

July 6, 2019

Bev was a good friend and nursing classmate plus she was one of my bridesmaids.. we traveled to California from North Dakota in the dead of winter in 1959 in her car.. Great memories of working and rooming together in LA.. She will be missed.

Janet Schuler Dyer

July 6, 2019

I only heard today of Beverly’s passing. She was my best friend from grade school, through nursing school, and our first jobs in California, Oregon and New Orleans. We shared many adventures and great times. We always kept in touch at Christmas until the past couple of years. I last saw her when she visited me in Arizona a few years ago.
Old friends are the best of life’s treasures and she was a true friend.
My condolences to her children and her family. She is now with her Beloved Perkins.

Eugene Zimmer

July 6, 2019

Beverly was a school classmate for 12 years at Munich, ND school.
It was good to read that she was a devout Catholic, nice but unusual to see in an obituary. I last visited with her at the all school reunion in 2004. Our small class is getting smaller with Beverly passing.

Lori Walsh

June 19, 2019

Donna & Dewey , So sorry for your loss. I’ll always cherish the memories and laughter I shared with Beverly during all my visits to New Orleans . She will be sorely missed.

Lynette Wirth Beck

June 18, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your families. My parents visited Bev and Perk many years ago. They were gracious hosts and I'm sure they had a great time! It is hard to lose your parents but consoling to know they are at peace and with each other once again. Hugs to you all!
Gary and Lynette Beck

Tasha Heise

June 16, 2019

I would like to say sorry for the loss of Beverly
She is my aunt, my dads sister. Fly free with the loved ones, say hello to my dad (Terry)

Beth Faustermann-Martinez

June 16, 2019

Donna & Dewey,
I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Ms. Beverly and your entire family were such an integral part of my young life. She was sweet and funny. Our gang would not have been the same without her. Prayers for your family during your time of grief. Beth

Guy Poché

June 14, 2019

On behalf of the staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries, please accept our condolences for your loss.