Barbara W. Wallace Thornton

February 23, 1926March 19, 2013
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Thornton, Barbara Anne (Wallace) of Duxbury formerly of Scituate and Abington, passed away in Plymouth on March 19, 2013, at the age of 87. She is wife of the late William L. Thornton.

Barbara was born in Malden, raised in Sharon, Quincy and a graduate of Quincy High School.

Barbara had a distinguished career in insurance and risk management. She worked her way to the top of her profession, over her 40+ years in the field, culminating in her being the first female director and executive vice president appointed to the Board of Frank B. Hall of MA.

Barbara believed strongly in improving the profession through ongoing education and as such, she was the driving force behind the re-establishment of the education program at the Insurance Library Assoc. of Boston, which began in 1890. A person who walked the walk as well as talking the talk, Barbara taught a class with some 30 students in the first term of the education program’s renaissance. In recognition of those efforts, and the respect accorded by her colleagues on the Library’s Board of Trustees, the Library established the Barbara Thornton Award, which is presented to an outstanding student annually in her honor. She held numerous professional designations including the respected Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. Barbara served as a role model and mentor, particularly for women aspiring for an insurance career. Her customer focused orientation was a hallmark of her reputation.

When Barbara was not working she enjoyed sewing, knitting and china painting.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Janis DeLoach and her husband Jeb of Marshfield, three grandchildren, Charlene DeLoach Oliver and her husband Craig of Natick, Justin DeLoach and his wife Cynthia of Plymouth and Christian DeLoach and his wife Stacey of Ballston Spa, NY and six great grandchildren, Alexander, William (Liam), Nathaniel, Gwendolyn, Emma and Lily.

Friends and family are invited to visitation hours on Friday, March 22nd in the Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd, Scituate from 4PM to 8PM. A funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, March 23rd at 10AM at the First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate. Burial to follow in Trinity Park Cemetery, Scituate.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s name may be made to The Barbara Thornton Award Fund, c/o Brookline Bank, 448 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482.


  • Visitation Friday, March 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013

Barbara W. Wallace Thornton

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Diana Simms

April 30, 2013

I enjoyed knowing Barbara here at Kings Gate. I played nah Jong with her, and her intelligence showed even at games. My condolences to her family.

Elsa Cook

March 31, 2013

If anyone knows how to reach Barbara's dear friend and 'Becky'-babysitter, Ellen; please contact me. Thank you.

March 29, 2013

I had the pleasure of sharing a room with Barbara, while we were both at Life Care of Plymouth. We became quick friends. It was apparent that she was a strong-willed person, but I also found her to be sweet and funny sometimes. I was really hoping she would teach me Mah Jong. I have always wanted to learn. One thing I know for sure, she truly adored her family, one and all. I will miss her, despite how brief our acquaintance was. I send my sincere condolences to her family for their loss.

Elsa Cook, Carver, MA

Beverlie Scott

March 27, 2013

Barbara was a good Bridge player and I enjoyed playing with her at Kingsgate. My sympathy to her family for their loss.

Susan Kaye

March 22, 2013

Barbara and I shared a love of books.I considered her a friend. My condolences to her family. You have lost a very special person. I know she'll be missed by all who had the pleasure to know her.

Isabelle Fraser

March 22, 2013

Barbara was a delight to know. She certainly led a full life. I was a friend in Kingsgate in Florida. I send my condolences to all the family.

March 22, 2013

Barbara will be greatly missed at the Mah Jongg group on held on Wednesday afternoons at the Duxbury Senior Ctr.
We'll miss you Barbara,

Jean Lucey

March 21, 2013

Barbara was an amazingly strong person. She will be forever remembered as someone who inspired not only admiration, but a resolve to emulate her in work and in life.

March 21, 2013

So many times we shared a good conversation with her at cookouts in the backyard,not to mention that she loved taking Mike's arm for a walk down the aisle or out to her car.She will be missed by all of you as family was so important to her.Hold close the memories and know the best of her stays in you always.Sorry we are so far away at this time.
Love and sympathy,Mike,Jeanine,Mark,Erin and Alyssa

Marianne Howard

March 21, 2013

My deepest condolences on your mother's passing. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have of her.