Etta Thornton

Obituary of Etta Thornton

Etta Mae Thornton, 72, of Lewes, died on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehab in Millsboro, DE.  Born on April 3, 1945 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Russell Harris and Naomi Zimmerman Martin.


Etta Mae worked for many years for the Social Security Administration as a Supply Distribution Specialist in Baltimore.  She previously lived in Pasadena, MD and New Freedom, PA. 


She loved to travel and take cruises, music and dancing and was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan.


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Thornton; her companion of 20 years, Jack Lopez; brothers, Harvey Russell Harris, Jr., Bruce Harris and Everett Harris and one sister, Anna Harris.


Etta Mae is survived by two sons, Ronald Thornton of PA and Michael Thornton and his wife Missy of PA; a sister, Muriel Jones of Dundalk, MD; one brother, Harry Martin of Middle River, MD; a special niece, Teresa Wheatley of Hebron, MD and several other nieces and nephews.


All services will be private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929.


Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family, please visit