Esther Louise (Dudley) Thornburg

Born: Fri., Aug. 21, 1936
Died: Wed., May 22, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., May 24, 2019
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., May 24, 2019
Location: Walker Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., May 25, 2019
Location: Walker Funeral Home

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Esther Louise (Dudley) Thornburg, 82, of Union City, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.  She was born August 21, 1936 to the late Gerald and Mary (Freer) Dudley.  On August 28, 1954, she married John Thornburg and last year celebrated their 64th anniversary. 

Louise was a 1954 graduate of Lynn High School.  She was a member of Rural Friends Meeting, Rural USFW, and Wayne Extension Homemakers.  Louise was the recipient of the Eliza Armstrong Cox Award, Farmer’s Achievement Award of Honor, and a 50 year extension Homemaker Member.  She worked in the Randolph County Assessor’s office.  Louise was an organist, played baritone, was an artist, and gave chalk talks, and enjoyed sewing and crafts.

Louise is survived by her husband, John Thornburg; her six children, Ed (Claudia) Thornburg, Jean (Jerry) Evans, Tim (Debbie) Thornburg, Sue Thornburg, Bill (Cheryl) Thornburg, and Steve Thornburg all of Union City; seven grandchildren, Isaac (Joanie) Thornburg, Roeanne (Charlie) LaFuze, Tom (Sarah) Evans, April (Wes) Lynch, Joshua (Pam) Thornburg, Levi (Natalie) Thornburg, and Elijah (Fiancée Christy) Thornburg;  and twelve great grandchildren, Jacob and Addison Thornburg, Camden, Mya, Kinley, and Jenna LaFuze, Marigold Evans, Lucas, Jensen, and McKenna Lynch, Emma Thornburg, and Oliver Thornburg; a brother, John Dudley of Champaign, IL; a sister-in-law, Betty Dudley of Richmond; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim (Mary) Thornburg of Winchester; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A service to celebrate Louise’s life will be at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Walker Funeral Home in Winchester, with Ray Slick and Loren Lilly officiating.  Burial will follow at the Jericho Cemetery.

Friends and family may call from 3-7 p.m., on Friday, May 24, as well as an hour before services on Saturday all at the funeral home.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Dave Huffman
   Posted Fri May 24, 2019
Thinking about you and your family. Lou was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. Will never forget Lou and you, John. So sorry for your loss.

Dave Huffman,PTA

Brenda Skinner (Bemis)
   Posted Fri May 24, 2019
So sorry to hear this. Your family is in my prayers. I remember her chalk drawings when I was growing up going to Rural. Jeff had one hanging in his room for a long time. I am sure she will ne greatly missed.

sandra retter
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Dear Jean Evans,
Just read post from Debbie Reed about your mother passing away. So sorry about your loss. You and your family are in my prayers for comfort and courage, and wonderful memory recall as you remember your Mother and think of her in the days ahead. God blessed her with a wonderful daughter, that is all I know about her. See you in the fall.
your friend in BSF, Sandra Retter