Mary Catherine Thornburg

March 15, 1947April 20, 2019

Mary Catherine Clapp Thornburg, age 72, of Newton, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019, at her residence.

Born March 15, 1947 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest B. and Helen MacLeod Clapp and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newton.

Her greatest passion was her family, her dogs and tending to her flower garden. Her efforts were rewarded by the City of Newton for Yard of the Month.

Mary was a member of Catawba Valley R/Cer’s and loved building and flying radio controlled airplanes. At one time, she and F.E. owned Harley Davidsons and loved to ride.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, F.E. Thornburg, Jr. and a son-in-law, Brian Roseman.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jennifer Roseman and companion, Tony Bailey, Nicole Thornburg-Lanigan and husband, Michael; sister, Suzanne DeRue and husband, Jim; grandchildren, James Winstead, Zach Winstead, Kerri Dillard and husband, Jason; great-grandchildren, Cole Dillard and Jackson Bowers; nephew, Scott DeRue and wife, Kathy; and her babies, Consuela, Princess, Sasha, and Rocky.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 25, 2019 in the Chapel of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, with Rev. Smith Sharpe officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m., at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Catawba County, PO Box 63, Hickory, NC 28603.


  • Humane Society of Catawba County


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, April 25, 2019


Mary Catherine Thornburg

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Eric Brown

April 25, 2019

Jennifer, Nikki & all the family - my thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you all!

Linda York

April 23, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mary Catherine touched lots of lives and I always remember her friendship and warmth. God bless you all during this sad time. Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers.

Drum-Wilkinson Clan Trustees

April 22, 2019

We extend our deepest sympathy to Jennifer, Nicole, Suzanne and all of the family. You are in our prayers. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and meet all of your needs during this time of grief.
Mary Catherine is remembered as having a zest for life. May you find joy in your memories and experiences with her. Cherish those times and think of them whenever you feel sad.

Kim Vagnone

April 22, 2019

If I Should Go Tomorrow
Author Unknown

If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don’t you ever cry.
The love that’s deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You’ll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.