Sarah "Sally" Charlton Thorn

July 25, 1924February 18, 2013

Sarah Charlton Thorn died February 18, 2013, at her home in Cary, NC, after a long illness. She was born on July 25, 1924, in Erie, PA, to C. Harrison Lund and Gladys Freeman. She graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1942 and Mercyhurst College in 1945, both in Erie.

In 1948, she married Robert D. Charlton of San Antonio, TX. They had 4 children, David, Eric, George and Catherine. After Robert's untimely death in 1960, Sally married Leslie D. Thorn of Wichita Falls, TX, in 1963, bringing four new children to the family, Bruce, Debby, Cindy, and Alan Thorn.

Known as an active, cheerful and hard-working volunteer, Sally served in community and religious organizations throughout her life including: Junior League, Girl Scouts, Meals on Wheels, and the Senior Citizen's Center of New Braunfels. A lifelong, faithful member of the Episcopal Church, she volunteered in numerous church activities and committees. She grew up loving the outdoors, bicycling and swimming and walked at least a mile every day until near her death. She is the mother of three Eagle Scouts and grandmother of one.

She is survived by her eight children, twenty grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 221 Union Street, Cary, NC on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to institutions developing treatments for cancer, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease or other charities.

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  • Memorial Services Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sarah "Sally" Charlton Thorn

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February 28, 2013

My condolences to David, John Eric, George and Kathy. Brings back a lot of fond memories. Like playing your back yard and snowball fights etc..
Great photo collection.


February 27, 2013

You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories provide solace for your family during this challenging time and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in Paradise. John 17:3


February 24, 2013

All of our prayers go out to Aunt Sally. I have wonderful memories of her and Les. My condolences to all the Charlton's and Thorn's during these hard days.

Love, the Lunds

linda tuorto

February 23, 2013

What a lovely photo album of your Mom's incredible life. Look at all she leaves behind. A life so well lived!

Therisa Denby

February 23, 2013

Les and Sally Thorn were very good friends with my Godparents, Terry and Tooda Adams in New Braunfels...I remember them bringing joy, friendship, and laughter to Terry and Tooda. After leaving NB, Sally continued her friendship with Tooda by always sending cards, notes, and "happenings" of her family to share with her after Terry's death. Terry worked with them both through the Church and valued Les's friendship always. So sorry to hear of her passing, she was truly very special to all who enjoyed knowing her.

Lee Harris

February 22, 2013

Sally Thorn was a quiet, gentle person who had a beautiful heart. What a wonderful example of a Christian. She lived a exemplary life and has a beautiful family. I extend my prayers and sympathy to the family.

darryl makepeace

February 21, 2013