Our beloved mom, grandmother and friend, Audene Lancaster Thornock, returned to the loving arms of our heavenly parents and her husband, Frank Thornock, early in the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Audene was born in Smoot on July 9, 1926, to Robert and Ella Crook Lancaster. She was the oldest of 10 children. She spent her childhood in Star Valley and learned the value of hard work and self-reliance.
She was married to Hugh Frank Thornock on June 7, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple. There were two children born to this union, Jane and Hugh “Pete” Thornock.
Audene was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a friend to all she came in contact with.
Audene is survived by her two children, Jane and Pete (Jamie) Thornock of Kemmerer; her grandchildren, Brooke Thornock of Altoona, Wisconsin, Kenzee (Jerimiah) Ellis of Kemmerer, Zach Stevens of Boise, Idaho; and three great-grandchildren, Millee, Seth and Hallee Ellis.
She is survived by her sisters, Marilyn Johns of Cokeville, Delsa (Kay) Erickson of Afton, and Julia (Garland) Kennington of Riverton, as well as many of her good friends she loved at the South Lincoln Nursing Center.
The family is especially grateful to all those who cared for Audene at the nursing home, as well as her other good friends who stopped by to visit with her.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Ball Family Chapel. Funeral services will be held at the Kemmerer Stake Center in Kemmerer on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m., with viewing an hour prior to services. Interment will take place at the Diamondville Cemetery in Diamondville.