Cathy Elizabeth Thornton

June 29, 1956April 16, 2013
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Cathy Elizabeth Thornton, 56, passed into the arms of Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 16th.

She was born to Nina and the late Thomas Heath on June 29th, 1956 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Hampton Roads in 1985. She earned a BS in Psychology from Christopher Newport University, an MA in Education from Christopher Newport University and started doctoral work in education at William and Mary.

Cathy prided herself in being a strong single parent of three children making sure they wanted for nothing despite hard financial straits. Anyone who knew Cathy knew she was 100% dedicated to her three children. Ever a natural teacher, she taught in various Hampton Roads Elementary Schools from 2002 and Sunday School at Chestnut Memorial UMC.

Cathy is survived by her mother, Nina Heath; twin brother, John Heath; sons, Patrick Thornton of Newport News and Thomas Thornton of Hakodate, Japan; her daughter, Dr. Adria Markowski of Hampton; her newly born granddaughter, Demetria Elizabeth Markowski; and her loving children-in-law, Jueveyln, Miyako, and David.

Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244, Attention: Development Department.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Monday, April 22 at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church. A celebration of Cathy's life will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, at Chestnut United Methodist Church in Newport News. Entombment will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 24 at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 21, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, April 22, 2013

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Elizabeth Burtner

April 24, 2013

Cathy was a friend of mine at Curves Grafton-Yorktown. She was an encourager! I won't forget her. She'll be missed. I'm truly sorry for your loss.

Denitra Jones

April 22, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Bernie Tennyson

April 22, 2013

to Patrick, Thomas, and Adria: We met when you were involved in Troop 368 and were very much a part of our lives. We always saw your mom as a determined woman with high expectations of herself and her children. She certainly raised you well even in the face of adversities. A truly resilient woman, your mom has left a mark on this world. She will be remembered.

Ricky Lowden

April 22, 2013

To Patrick and family Ricky and I are the richer of having to know such an awesome woman.Your mom will always have a place in our hearts, the very first time I saw here she welcomed me with open arms and always with a smile. We use to talk through the bushes every morning.God has taking his darling angel home to be with him forever. If there is anything you and your family need just let us know.Ricky and Vona Lowden

Cassandra Brown

April 21, 2013

Patrick, Thomas & Adria,
My prayers are continually with you as you walk this life without Cathy's psychical presence, knowing you will never be without her. She devoted her life to each of you and she shall live in your hearts forever. Please know that I am available for whatever it is you think I can do to help you; not only now but in the future. You know where I live. :)


April 21, 2013

My thoughts and prayerd

Sandy Schuh

April 20, 2013

So very sorry, Adria, David and Demetria. You and your mother are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Jim and Sandy Schuh

Stacy Walker

April 20, 2013

Cathy and I worked side by side to educate the minds of tomorrow. She was a dedicated,caring educator. She also shared spiritual moments with me that I will never forget. I thank Cathy for her prayers and strength. Her strength now shines out for people to see. I know that Cathy is with the Lord with a smiling face. We will miss you.

Shelia Bailey

April 20, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

April 19, 2013

I was always impressed how Ms. Thornton motivated her kindergarten and first grade classes to excel. She had her first graders writing stories years before it became a requirement.