Leila Thornton

   It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Leila Thornton, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who left us peacefully on May 16, 2024. Leila was a beacon of love, kindness, and strength, touching the lives of all who knew her.
Leila was the devoted wife of the late Delmar G. Thornton, with whom she shared a lifetime of love and companionship. Together, they embraced life’s adventures, always working on projects and creating cherished memories. Though Delmar often led their endeavors, Leila was his steadfast partner, bringing warmth and dedication to everything they did.
A nurturing and caring soul, Leila was the proud mother of Delmar  (the late Mary) Thornton and Dale (Julie) Thornton . She also cherished her late daughter, Susan Burns, whose memory she kept alive through her acts of kindness and resilience. The tragedy of losing her son Roger in 1986 was a profound loss that transformed Leila into a warrior, embodying strength and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Leila was a loving grandmother to Aubrey (Jesse) Walk , Lucas  (Kiara) Thornton, Robert  (Mya) Thornton, Delmar  (Liz) Thornton, Marty Milner, and Roger (Stephanie) Milner. Her grandchildren were the light of her life, and she poured her love and wisdom into each of them. Leila was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, who brought her immense joy and pride.
Her role as a caretaker extended beyond her family. Leila became a beloved lunch lady at her children’s school, continuing to serve and care for students long after her own children had graduated. Her dedication and kindness left an indelible mark on the community.
Leila had a passion for the outdoors and found solace in planting flowers, nurturing her garden with the same care she gave to her family and friends. Her love for nature was a testament to her gentle spirit and appreciation for life’s simple pleasures.
Leila’s legacy is one of compassion, strength, and unwavering love. She raised her children beyond adulthood, always there with a comforting presence and a warrior’s heart. Her memory will live on in the hearts of her family and all who were fortunate to know her.
Leila Thornton, your spirit and love will forever remain with us. Rest in peace.
Visitation was held on Tuesday May 21, 2024 at Pedersen Ryberg Funeral Home, 435 N. York St. Elmhurst, IL 60126, service was Wednesday May 22, 2024.