Anita Thorntonpassed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the age of 83 years, following a short hospital stay where she was surrounded by generations of family at her side. Wife of the late Edgar, Anita was dearest mother of Nancy; Jill (Kevin), granddaughters Sarah and Randene (Christopher), great-grandchildren Hannah and Alex; David (Mary-Lynn), granddaughters Kate and Halle; Jeff (Christine), grandchildren Maya and Carter.  She is also survived by her brothers Gary (Vivian) Hofley, Dale (Jill) Hofley and Mark Hofley; sisters Karen Klenk, Andrea (Jack) Gillespie, and Terri Lynn Tomaszewski; as well as sisters-in-law Isabel Harvey, Bernice Patterson and Lois Stewart. Anita was predeceased by parents Norman and Veronica Hofley; sister Janet Lawitzke and brothers Neal and Brian Hofley; mother and father-in-law John and Mary Thornton; brothers-in-law Mac Harvey, Lloyd Stewart and Bob Lawitzke.The oldest of ten children, Anita was born in Lampman, SK. Anita was a teacher until the birth of Jill, when she turned her attention to teaching at home. Her children are grateful for that attention, love and support and are all in agreement that there could be no better role model or Mom than Anita. She also served as a librarian, was an active farmer with her husband Edgar, and was very busy in the church and community and in provincial and federal politics. Funeral Service for Anita was held at St. Andrews United Church, 220 Carlyle Street, Arcola, SK, on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a lunch at the Arcola Legion.The family would like to express deep gratitude and appreciation to the Pasqua Hospital emergency staff, nurses on the third floor and particularly to the Pasqua Palliative care staff. Donations in Anita’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 2240 13th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4P 3M7 or to St. Andrews United Church, Arcola, SK. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit

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