OBITUARY

Patricia Marlene Thornton

May 9, 1936March 8, 2019

Patricia Marlene Thornton was born on May 9, 1936 and passed away on March 8, 2019.

Services

  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Patricia Marlene Thornton

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Raymond Cabrera

March 21, 2019

PPA President Nan Bowman states, “I first met Pat in the early 1980s. In my opinion, she always stood out as a role model and applied her values to her family, friends, employer, and our association. She was so smart and intellectual but humble, never judgmental or put anyone down. She was also a culinary queen in the kitchen. She brought home made hors d’oeuvres for a reception on the eve of one of our board meetings. I believe she catered her granddaughter’s wedding reception. She enjoyed decorating and gardening.” Nan served as State Chapter President 2001-02.
Pat always encouraged retirees to continue as retires and stay connected assisting future generations of leaders. Retiree Chair Audrey Baker states, “Pat was a wonderful gem that the California Chapter treasured all of these years. She carried out her tasks on a daily basis and always with a smile. She was a dear and trusted friend.” Retiree Carol states, “Pat is fondly remembered for her many friendly conversations and her kindness to all during the years I have known her. She will be missed by me.” New retiree Manju states, “I am SO sorry to hear this news. I worked for Pat early in my career and found her to be a very professional yet empathic leader. May she Rest in Peace and God grant her family the strength to bear this loss.”

Others stated - Pat Thornton was also a great EDD Leader. She was one of my speakers during the Tax Branch Management Institute. She had such confidence and yet very humble. My most sincere condolences and prayers to her family. I'll always remember Pat! Ana .... I am so sorry. Your mom was an awesome lady. Prince James. I worked for Pat as the Budget and Premises Specialist for a year during the 80's. She was very, very bright and lots of fun. Teri. I am so sorry for the news. Pat was a nice lady. Jardane.

Raymond Cabrera

March 21, 2019

Pat was a critical member of the Past President’s Association (PPA). She didn’t miss a meeting up until the last couple of years when she was sick. But she always followed up with the group to see what was going on. Past President (1984-85) Sydney Rogers states, “Pat was my first boss when I transferred from Sacramento to San Francisco in 1975. She introduced me to IAPES and asked me to be her Education Chair. My IAPES career took off after that and became an integral part of my EDD career development thanks to Pat’s coaching. Her expertise, knowledge, and laughter will be missed and she will always be in my memory and heart.” Tim Mullins, Past President (1991-92) states, “Pat was responsible for getting me into computers at EDD. This is a tremendous loss for me personally and for IAPES.” Sory Hinton, Past President 1998 – 2000, states,” My heart goes out to her family and to us. We have lost a warrior. Life is short and we all will come to that impasse. May God bless her soul and God bless you also. Lovingly Sory.”
Raymond Cabrera, Past President (2006-08) states, “I first met Pat at my first Educational Conference in Palm Springs back in 2003. Because of her and a few others I stayed active for the last 21 years. She was instrumental in mentoring me through the last 16 years and advised me along the way as to proper protocols for association officers. She edited my Cal-Liope articles and would even call me to submit an article when she was short of articles for the next publication. We discussed many subjects, when she thought membership needed clarification. She kept me on my toes when she thought I was out of line. I owe her a great deal of gratitude for teaching me not only the ropes of the Association, but in life as well. She was one of the go-to-people I would go to for advice over the years. I will miss her.”

John Healy

March 21, 2019

Worked closely with Pat when she was Deputy Regional Administrator for the old Southern Region of EDD. She advocated for her Region specifically, and Field operations generally, with a unique combination of passion and smarts and diplomacy that made her exceptionally effective. It’s been over twenty five years since I last spoke with Pat, and it was only a couple months ago that I Learned that Pat wanted to connect, and we failed to make this happen. A major regret and loss on my part. With the greatest respect for a great champion of what EDD represented in service to those in need. Condolences to her family for their loss, a loss for the EDD family as well.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY