Moira Jean Thornton

April 14, 1960January 18, 2021

Thornton, Moira Jean (nee Fitzgerald) suddenly on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Beloved wife of Richard G. Thornton; dear daughter of the late Jack and Pat Fitzgerald; dearest mother of Jack, Shane (Jenna), Kim (fiancé Tina), Cade and Juel Thornton; dear sister of Mickey (John) Macfie, John (Nancy) Fitzgerald, Terry (Beth) Fitzgerald, Tim (Anne) Fitzgerald, Kerry (Mark) Dunger, and Megan (Mike) Dolan; dear grandmother of Sam and Reece; our dear aunt, sister-in-law, cousin, and friend to many.

Moira, Mo, Momo & Mom – She led an incredible life in the short time she was here. She was a Missouri basketball state champ at Visitation Academy. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Mizzou where she fell in love and would then become mother to five children. Her athletic drive pushed her towards a career as a Spinning instructor, fully embracing the role of motivating her clients and obsessively compiling the right music playlist for her classes.

She was also a prominent force in the success of J. McGraugh’s Bar & Grill, est. 2001, where she was co-owner. Whether she needed to clean the place up, help in the kitchen, or run a large catering event, she was always there to help make sure everything went smoothly. She loved music, reading, laughing, telling stories, and, above all else, spending time with her family. Her heart was most full when these loves came together, sometimes in the form of very heated Apples-2-Apples games at family gatherings, where she never lost.

She was strong, hardworking, caring, loving, and, of course, a bit feisty (she would attribute that last trait to the black Irish in her). Whatever you knew her as, you knew she made a significant impact on the people she loved. It would be impossible for her spirit not to live on because she loved so many people and even more loved her. Her love and her family's love for her endures with the line she whispered to her sons and daughter each night as children: "I love you to the moon and back."

Services:: Due to COVID-19, a Celebration of Moira’s life will be held virtually on Saturday, January 30 at 11:00 am.; Details to follow when link is confirmed, please check below for link to livestream.

Private Interment Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Cemetery, Dardenne, MO.


  • Memorial Service Livestream

    Saturday, January 30, 2021



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liz carey hallemann

February 9, 2021

I was so very very sorry to hear about Moira. I went to school with her at Pillar and also Viz and have many happy memories of her and the Fitzgerald family. I know she will be very missed by many people. I'll be keeping the Thornton and Fitzgerald families in my thoughts and prayers.
Liz Carey Hallemann

Matt Barrett

February 5, 2021

Jack, Shane, Kim, Cade, and Juel,

I was so saddened to learn of your mom's passing. She was like a second mom to the entire Dunston Dr/Apache Trail neighborhood. I have so many fond memories of spending what seems like every summer day at your house playing pick-up basketball games, soccer games, roller hockey games, that weird dodge-ball game we made up on your trampoline, etc. Looking back, it takes an incredibly generous, patient, and caring person to open their doors to a bunch of rambunctious kids all summer long, to look after them all day, to let them raid your kitchen, and to make sure no one gets hurt in the aforementioned dodge-ball game. I remember her biggest rule being that you don't leave anyone out. Everyone - all ages - were included in the games we concocted in the back yard. Every kid should be so lucky to have a Moira Thornton in their neighborhood. I don't presume to know what you all are feeling right now, but I hope you take solace knowing that the same generous, patient, caring, and creative spirit lives on in your dad and all of you guys. The Barretts are all thinking of your family and sending prayers your way. I look forward to hearing and sharing more Moira stories at J. McGraugh's the next time I'm in town.

Brian Sullivan

January 31, 2021

Our deepest condolences. It was a beautiful and touching ceremony.

Love, Brian & Sri Sullivan

Angie Meyer

January 31, 2021

Rick and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Moira's passing. I have such good memories of her. She was the best mom! The love she had for her children was tremendous. The love she had for you, Rick, was an inspiration.
She will be missed.

Marlene Barron

January 31, 2021

Dear Thornton Family, It has been a rich blessing being your neighbor and watching your Mom love on you fiercely. She loved her family. She positively glowed as she talked about each of you. I LOVED watching you play basketball and now understand it’s importance to your Mom. She will be missed and her legacy will live on in each of you. Rick, we are here. Praying for you as we all grieve. Your Mom is in heaven with our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the Livestream of your Mom’s funeral. She will be missed by so many. In His Steadfast Grip, The Barron Family

Patrick Ostapowicz

January 30, 2021

Dear Thornton Family,

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how hard it is.
Stay strong! Please know that you have many people who will continue to love you all and will be there to support and embrace you!

Patrick Ostapowicz

Lynn and Ken Lowrance

January 30, 2021

Dear Rick, Jack, Shane, Kim, Cade, and Juel,

We are very sorry for your loss. Moira will be missed deeply by our family. She has been a wonderful, dear neighbor for many years. Our thoughts are with you as you grieve. Moira was a lovely, dear, spunky and kind person. We have many cherished memories of watching your family grow and flourish.
Lynn and Ken Lowrance

Chris Ruzicka

January 29, 2021

Thornton and Fitzgerald family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. The Ruzicka family has so many fond memories of Moira and the Fitzgeralds during our years at Our Lady of the Pillar.

Julie Blow

January 29, 2021

My sympathy and prayers.....nice memories of a wonderful family who supported St. Richard school and teachers. I'll be joining you in prayer by livestream.

Sheila McShane

January 29, 2021

Rick and Family- I'm truly sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of great times spent with Moria in high and college. She had a heart of gold and was a fierce, loyal friend.

"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear."

My thoughts and prayers are with the Thornton/Fitzgerald families.

Sheila McShane