Deirdre "Dee" C. Thornton

October 18, 1956June 7, 2019
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Deirdre “Dee” C. Thornton October 18, 1956 to June 7, 2019

Dee passed away unexpectedly in the early hours on Friday, June 7, 2019. A loving daughter, wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister friend, volunteer and mentor. Dee was married to her loving husband Steve Thornton for almost 42 years. Dee worked as a civilian Budget Technician at McConnell AFB for over 25 years and was a faithful member of St. Mark United Methodist Church for over 25 years.

Dee is preceded in death by her sister in law, Sophronia Wilson. Left to cherish and remember Dee’s loving compassionate spirit; parents, Theodore Sr. and Gloria Baxter; husband Steven Thornton, son Michael Thornton and his wife Lindsey Thornton; grandchildren Isabelle Thornton and Roman Vega; sister Loyce Baxter, brothers Theodore Jr. and Steven Baxter(Alicia); in laws, Anita and Andrew Nichols, Sharron Scott; sister friends, Celeste Jackson, Brenda Baker Hayden, Parlene Warren, Denise Sherman, Sandra Elmore, Linda Pinkett, Valerie Hood, Tamara Wilson-Thomas, Melinda Forgit and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extensive church family and friends.

Wake Service: Thursday June 13th, 6-8 P.M. Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel 12100 E. 13th St. Wichita, KS. Celebration of Life Service: Friday June 14th, 11:00 A.M St. Mark United Methodist Church 1525 N. Lorraine Wichita, KS.

In Lieu of Flowers a donation can be made in honor of Deirdre “ Dee” Thornton to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3450 N. Rock Rd. Suite 204, Wichita, KS 67226.


  • Celeste Jackson, Flower Attendant
  • Brenda Baker Hayden, Flower Attendant
  • Parlene Warren, Flower Attendant
  • Denise Sherman, Flower Attendant
  • Linda Pinkett, Flower Attendant
  • Sandra Elmore, Flower Attendant
  • Valerie Hood, Flower Attendants
  • Melinda Forgit, Flower Attendants
  • Tamara Thomas, Flower Attendants
  • Kristy Bennington, Flower Attendants
  • Loyce Baxter, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Isabelle Thornton, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Diahnna Baxter, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Taylor Lamb, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Kerby Baxter, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Tina Baxter, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Anita Nichols, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Sharron Scott, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Diane Toney, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Lindsey Thornton, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Alisha Bowens, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Lisa McDaniel, Honorary Flower Attendants
  • Milton Williams, Casket Bearers
  • Tony Newry, Casket Bearers
  • Eric Hayden, Casket Bearers
  • Tanner Smith, Casket Bearers
  • Sherdeil Breathett Jr., Casket Bearers
  • Tony Rush, Casket Bearers
  • Willard Rice Jr., Casket Bearers
  • Daley Gunter, Casket Bearers
  • Theodore Baxter Jr., Honorary Casket Bearers
  • Steven Baxter, Honorary Casket Bearers
  • Anthony Loeding, Honorary Casket Bearers
  • Carson Baxter, Honorary Casket Bearers
  • Roman Vega, Honorary Casket Bearers
  • Vernell Jackson Jr., Honorary Casket Bearers
  • Hector Snow, Honorary Casket Bearers
  • Edward Jones, Honorary Casket Bearers


  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 14, 2019


Deirdre "Dee" C. Thornton

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June 14, 2019

My sincere prayers and condolences are extended to the Baxter and Thornton families. Deidre and I met over 40+ years ago on Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. We often sat together daily on the school bus on our way to Rancho High School.... God's blessings at this difficult time & May you feel His loving presence during the days ahead….. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

Christy Allen-Jackson & family

June 14, 2019

To Bro. Steve, Mike an Family,
Your family are in our prayers. Praying for Gods Comfort an Peace. God Bless You

Latonia Wakefield

June 13, 2019

Steve and Micheal I will keep you both in my prayers. This is such a hard time during your sorrow but when you go through it with God it gets easier day by day. I can truly say Steve she was the love of your life. Thank you for sharing your photos and hold on to your memories

Love Toni

Melinda Forgit

June 13, 2019

Ms. Dee was one in a million! She was someone that I could always count on for support, love, honesty, a good belly laugh and for keeping it real.

While I am very sad about her passing, I am Thankful for the time that we had and that I was able to look her in the eyes, hold her hand and tell her that I loved her the night before she passed.

Words cannot express how much I am going to miss my wise, faithful, yet young at heart friend!

Mr. Steve- Prayers to you and the family/friends of Ms. Dee.
God Bless.

Melinda Forgit

Linda Thompson

June 11, 2019

Thank you Dee for being a wonderful friend. My heart is hurting. I will miss you so much. No words can describe how sorry I am. My condolences. My deepest sympathies go out to the family. ”Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.”

Carl Petersen

June 10, 2019

It’s with a heavy heart to hear about Dee Thornton, Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. My family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers as the days move forward, memories of love she showed all of us at work will shine, please accept my heartfelt sympathies

Janelle Turner

June 10, 2019

Dee - I'm truly in shock...I will always remember how sweet and caring you were to me. I will continue to laugh at the sarcastic way you told stories. I will hold deep how good of a friend you were to my mom. You touched so many and we will all cherish the time you were here with us. God bless Steve, Michael, your grandkids you loved so much, your parents, siblings and your entire family. #RIL ❤

Denise Gifford

June 9, 2019

Our prayers are with you and your family, Dee was a very special person. We had a lot of laughs and fun at work. She could light up the room. She will be truly miss. Love you Dee. Until we meet again.

Shayla Stevens

June 9, 2019

To Mr. Thornton and Michael,

May God comfort you during this time. Mrs. Dee was a warm and lovely woman. I am praying for your family.

Peace and Blessings,
Shayla Stevens

Dale Peace

June 9, 2019

Dear Steve, Michael & Family:
I’ve had the privilege of meeting Dee over 30 years ago. You are family to me. Words alone cannot express our heartfelt condolences. Our hearts are with you, praying, sharing precious memories and laughs.
Steve and Dee were an awesome, loving couple who shared their positivity and love of life with others.
We will forever keep Dee’s memories in our hearts. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Our lives have been forever changed for the better because Dee touched our hearts.
Love, Harold & Dale