Darlene Lois (Senglemann) Thornton, 81

Darlene Lois (Senglemann) Thornton was born in Valentine, NE on January 22, 1936 to William and Lena (Lenser) Senglemann. Darlene was an only child.She and her family lived on a farm north of Valentine until her father’s health declined, then she and her parents moved to Valentine. Darlene worked while she was in high school and always teased her grandchildren she knew “how to make the best milkshake.”Darlene married Calvin (Cork) Thornton on December 27, 1955. To this union, two sons were born, Kevin James and Craig Evan. Cork and Dar-lene started their marriage off by opening a small bait shop in Valentine, which would soon become Corks Sport Shop. Darlene became a widow when her husband died at age 54 in a pickup accident. Darlene continued to run Corks Sport Shop with her son Kevin until they retired from the shop. She then went to work at Super 8 Motel.Darlene was a role model to many, including her sons, grandchildren, great-grandsons and her many relatives, because of her hard work, lov-ing life and never give-up spirit.Darlene passed away May 25, 2017 at Pine View. She is survived by sons, Kevin (Joyce) and Craig; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cork; her parents, William and Lena and brothers-in-law, Virgil and Newell Thornton.Memorial service for Darlene Thornton was held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Sandoz Chapel of the Pines. Rev. Scott McClellen officiated at the 10:00 a.m. service. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of service arrangements.

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