Florence Barger Thornhill, 88

Florence Barger Thornhill, 88, of New Port Richey, Florida, died Jan 13.

Thornhill came to Clermont County when she was 5 years old. She graduated from Wittenberg University in Yellow Springs, Ohio and worked in restaurant management until she retired to Florida in the 1980s.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW since 1983, a member of the Women of the Moose in Brooksville, Florida since 1984, a lifetime supporter of the Disabled American Veterans, and avid card player, award winning pool shark and family historian.

She remained active and returned to school when she was 71 to earn her diploma as a certified home health aide and worked to keep the elderly well into her 80s. Her favorite quote is “Just enjoy your life,” and “Keep things simple.” She is lovingly described as a “class act.”

She is survived by her grandchildren Laura “Tinker” (Michael) Andrews, great-grandson Eric Andrews, foster son Frankie Mayberry, step-son David Edmons and generations of Barger nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 11 siblings, her only child Suzan Creech, grandson David Slater and husbands Tom Creech, Wilbur Thornhill and William Edmonds.

Thornbill will be celebrated and remembered at the Landing Restaurant in New Richmond, her favorite hideaway on the the river. Friends and family are invited to gather for a non-host lunch and refreshments from noon until 1:30 p.m. May 26 followed by procession to Laurel Cemetery to be memorialized with a graveside service at 2 p.m.

Memorials to Disabled American Veterans or the American Heart Association. Condolences can be forwarded to the Andrews family, P.O. Box 163, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460.