Anita Jean Thornton passed away Thursday, December 16,2021 at Providence Hospital in Waco, Texas surrounded by her family and loved ones.
Viewing will be held at Jones Funeral Services in Mexia on Saturday, December 18th from 6-8:00 p.m. Services to celebrate Nita Jean’s life will be held Sunday, December 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the first United Methodist Church in Tehuacana with Reverend Mack Strange officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Tehuacana Cemetery.
Anita was born March 21, 1961 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. In 1965 her father Travis moved the family to South America to work in the oil industry. From 1965 to 1979 they lived in Venezuela, Ecuador and Columbia. In 1979 Travis and Florence moved home to Tehuacana with Anita, and her brothers Ronnie and Douglas.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Anita was employed at the Mexia State School. Afterwards she entered the oil industry and worked for Geo Search as a mud logger. At the time of her death, she was employed by Big Creek aka B C Materials
Anita is preceded in death by her Grandparents, Dick and Isabell Thornton (Ding Dong and Gagie) and Troy Leonard and Lexie Irene Gardner. Her parents, Travis Wayne and Florence Gail Thornton. Her Uncle Dicky Thornton, uncle Leo Bradshaw, aunt Violet Sandifer and Aunt Barbara Ann Gullet. She is survived by her Children, Son Chris and Wife Brittany Hoag, Daughter Ashley Hoag, Son Brandon and Wife Crystal Battreall. Her grandchildren, Dallas McKenna Crundwell, Peyton Noel Hoag, Tucker Colt Hoag, Branch Allen Battreall and Jasmine Alexis Hernandez. Her brother Ronnie and wife Shirley Thornton and brother Douglas Thornton. She is also survived by her aunt, Rebecca Bosley and husband Jim. And aunt Jeannie Bradshaw and Lynita Thornton. Countless nieces and nephews, and her former spouse Yancy Allen Battreall.
Anita was many things to those who loved her. Her drive and determination, coupled with her willingness to love unconditionally, endeared her to anyone that she came in contact with. She showed up when it mattered, had your back, gave to those in need, and would defend and stand up for her loved ones should the need arise. Family, Faith and Love is what Anita Jean Thornton stood for. Nothing was more important to her than her family. She’s like a small piece of leather but, well put together!
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