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Alexander Funeral Home-West Chapel

2100 West Illinois Street, Evansville, IN

OBITUARY

Retha Mae Thornberry

January 3, 1945June 18, 2020
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Retha Mae Thornberry (Cardin), 75, of Evansville, IN passed away surrounded by her family on June 18, 2020, at her home. She was born in Carbondale, Illinois on January 3, 1945 to the late William Henry and Mary “Opal” (Clark) Russell.

Retha retired after working many years for Ozanam family shelter. She loved spending time with her family and hanging out with friends on the weekends. She had many friends who will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers; William ‘Doc’, Van, and J.D. Russell, sisters; Mary Lou Russell and Ailene Brewer; stepson, Bill Cardin “Little Bill”.

Retha is survived by her husband, James ‘Pete’ Goodwin; son, Danny Cardin (Melissa); daughters Penny Cardin and Belinda Cardin-Bergner (Keith); stepson, Terry Cardin; Grandchildren, Ashley (Jesse), Heather (Mike), Andy, Matt, Brandon, Amanda, Doug, Beth, Greg, Kiersten, Kendra (Andy), Kyle, Robbie and Krystal; and 7 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to send their sincerest gratitude to the wonderful Deaconess Hospice nurses and home health aide for their care and support in the last weeks of Retha’s life. Memorial contribution may be made to Retha M. Thornberry Memorial Fund.

Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderWestChapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • James "Pete" Goodwin, Husband
  • Danny Cardin (Melissa), Son
  • Penny Cardin, Daughter
  • Belinda Cardin-Bergner (Keith), Daughter
  • Terry Cardin, Stepson
  • Ashley (Jesse), Grandchild
  • Heather (Mike), Grandchild
  • Andy, Matt, & Brandon, Grandchildren
  • Amanda, Doug & Beth, Grandchildren
  • Greg & Kiersten, Grandchildren
  • Kendra (Andy), Grandchild
  • Kyle, Robbie & Krystal, Grandchildren
  • Mrs. Thornberry also leaves behind seven grandchildren to cherish her memory.

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Shannon Boles

June 22, 2020

My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you cowboy and the rest of the family this lady has known my whole family my whole life and this has been very devastating to lose such a dear friend. R.I.P Aretha fly high with the angels you are truly loved and missed.

JEANIE BERGNER

June 21, 2020

Belinda, Keith & family -

So very sorry to read about the loss of your mother.

Sending thoughts and prayers for all of you at this time.

Jeanie Bergner

Brandon Bergner

June 20, 2020

Miss Retha was one of the sweetest, most loving women I know. She always made me laugh and told things the way they were. She had a huge ❤️ and a great sense of humor. Heaven gained a true angel and now the entire family can relish and look back on all the wonderful memories that she brought to many, many friends and family throughout her glorious lifetime !
Such a beautiful soul, wife, mother, grandmother (granny), great-grandmother and just a wonderful human.

🙌~ Rest In Heaven Miss Retha~🙌

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Biography

Retha Mae Thornberry (Cardin), 75, of Evansville, IN passed away surrounded by her family on June 18, 2020, at her home. She was born in Carbondale, Illinois on January 3, 1945 to the late William Henry and Mary “Opal” (Clark) Russell.

Retha retired after working many years for Ozanam family shelter. She loved spending time with her family and hanging out with friends on the weekends. She had many friends who will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers; William ‘Doc’, Van, and J.D. Russell, sisters; Mary Lou Russell and Ailene Brewer; stepson, Bill Cardin “Little Bill”.

Retha is survived by her husband, James ‘Pete’ Goodwin; son, Danny Cardin (Melissa); daughters Penny Cardin and Belinda Cardin-Bergner (Keith); stepson, Terry Cardin; Grandchildren, Ashley (Jesse), Heather (Mike), Andy, Matt, Brandon, Amanda, Doug, Beth, Greg, Kiersten, Kendra (Andy), Kyle, Robbie and Krystal; and 7 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to send their sincerest gratitude to the wonderful Deaconess Hospice nurses and home health aide for their care and support in the last weeks of Retha’s life.

Memorial contribution may be made to Retha M. Thornberry Memorial Fund.

Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderWestChapel.com.