KINSMAN - Yvonne Nila Thorn, 74, of Kinsman, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at 7:55 p.m. with her loving family at her bedside at home.
Yvonne was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Fellowsville, W.Va., the daughter of Mrs. Maude (Bolyard) Kellar and Mr. Steven Kellar of Denver, W.Va.
At age 5, Yvonne and her mother moved to Kinsman, where she went to grade school, high school, was married, raised her family and lived for the rest of her life.
On June 2, 1957, Yvonne married Robert L. Thorn of Tunnelton, W.Va. She and Robert just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
Although Yvonne was a successful businesswoman, her most important priority was being a devoted wife to Bob and a supportive mother to her three sons, Robert, Michael and David.
Yvonne was a lifelong member to the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church of Kinsman. At one point, she attended the Kinsman United Methodist Church. She was active in the community by volunteering in various school, church and civic organizations. All who knew Yvonne were inspired by her ambition, sense of humor and strength and touched by her warmth, caring nature, acceptance and unconditional love.
Yvonne was a career woman while juggling all the duties of managing a home and raising her children. She started her career in the field of cosmetology owning a salon in Kinsman. Due to severe allergies she was forced to change careers. She next sold Avon door-to-door, quickly being named as the regional manager. She utilized her strong people, social and managerial skills to later manage Housewares Outlet, the Country Clothes Closet, the Burghill Country Inn and Antiques Boutique. In 2000, she retired as a manager of LCI.
Yvonne is survived by her husband, Robert L. Thorn, who solely cared for her during her battle with pancreatic cancer; her three sons, Robert Joseph (Jackie) Thorn of Brownsville, Pa., Michael Eric Thorn of Burghill and David Allen Thorn of Chagrin Falls; six grandchildren, Michael Jr., Ryan, Ben, Jordan, Jillian and Jeremy; one great-grandson, Hunter; and a great-granddaughter yet to be born.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two nieces, Tracy Thorn and Phyllis Goff; one great-nephew, Scott Thorn; her brother, Vincent Wolfe; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Martin.
Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main St., Kinsman.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 6590 state Route 87, Kinsman, with the Rev. Jon Martin, Yvonne's nephew, officiating. Burial will follow at West View Cemetery in Vernon. A tribute luncheon in honor of Yvonne will be served in the church fellowship hall following the service.
Memorial gifts may be given in honor of the Yvonne N. Thorn Fund to the University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland,OH 44106.
A guestbook is available at www.baumgardnerfuneralhome.com.