[ETA: Info] [Cloud USA Announcement] Mrs. Annie Eloise Thornton

[ETA:  We have had some inquiries regarding flowers and such.  Flowers may be sent to the family at the following address:

Mrs. Annie Eloise Thornton
Georgia Memorial Park
2000 Cobb Parkway, SE
Marietta, GA  30060

Her memorial service is scheduled for Sunday.

In lieu of monetary donations, Stephe asks that you pick a needy child in your community and give them something that makes them smile. Be their angel for a moment—in Miss Ellie’s honor.]

Mrs. Annie Eloise Thornton

Lovely Clouds,

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you this news.

Last night, after a long and arduous battle against multiple myeloma and breast cancer, Stephe’s mother, Mrs. Annie Eloise Thornton passed away.

Miss Ellie was graced with a gracious spirit and a special soul.  This was never more evident than in her final days, as person after person dropped by to visit and to share their own unique stories of how Stephe’s mom made the world a better place—just by being in it.

Mr. Jimmy Thornton, Sr. and Mrs. Annie Eloise Thornton, wed 54 years.

For 54 years she was the beloved wife to her husband and one true love, Mr. Jimmy Thornton, Sr., a retired Air Force Sergeant.  Miss Ellie and Mr. Jimmy shared a love like no other I have ever witnessed.  Their life together was enriched by each other in exactly the right way.  Their love was palpable, real.  (By the way, when they met, Mr. Jimmy actually stole Miss Ellie away from her boyfriend at the time, who just happened to be the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown.  True story.  I kid you not.  LOL.  So you can just imagine how charismatic Stephe’s dad actually is, right?  :-})

Miss Ellie was a precious mother to her daughter Stephanie and to her two sons Jimmy, Jr. (Yes, Cloud USA’s very own Jim) and Barry Thornton.  Her bond with her children was rock solid, and she was always there for them—no matter what.  Everyone should have a mother like her to count on.  Miss Ellie was also a loving older sister to her sisters Evelyn and Mildred and a devoted grandmother to her grandson Jamiel (JT) Thornton (Stephe’s son).

The love she had for her family was steadfast, but that didn’t stop her from also generously serving as a surrogate mother to many other young people in her family and community who needed her tender, loving care.  Some of her last visitors were from the children she had mentored over the years, children who had lost hope—until Miss Ellie took them under her wing and helped them start believing in themselves again.

The Thorntons renew their vows on their 43rd anniversary.

Miss Ellie was a loyal friend to many other people around her—including me.  She didn’t just treat me like Stephe’s best friend.  Instead, she treated me more like a second daughter, like Stephe’s sister.  One time, about a month or so ago, I was really busy and tired—working some really long hours.  I was so exhausted and overwrought that I hadn’t realized that several days had passed by without my checking in with Stephe.  The phone rings and I pick it up.  It’s Miss Ellie, who proceeds to rake me over the coals for worrying everybody sick.  Next thing I know, I’m promising that I will never ever ever EVER do that again.  EVER.  :-}

One of the most special things Stephe was able to share in recent months with her mom was Rain.  Stephe and her Mom spent many hours traveling to and from doctors’ offices together.  One of the things they did while they were driving around was listen to music.  One day, Stephe decided to put a Rain CD in the CD player.

All it took was one CD and Miss Ellie was hooked.  Stephe said, “Once she got ahold of Rain, that was it.  I couldn’t play any other kind of music in the car—to the point of violence.  Either I put a Rain disc in, or the car wasn’t moving!”  LOL. Her favorite Rain song was “Friends” with TigerJK. Her favorite Rain concert DVD was his 2007 Rain’s World Tour Premiere. She considered Rain a truly amazing young man, and wished for him all the successes that he worked so hard for.

Miss Ellie was a woman full of life and love and laughter.  She will be sorely missed.  Please join me in supporting Stephe and the rest of her family during the trying days ahead.

Thank you,

Terri :-}

P.S.  For awhile we will not be updating the Cloud USA blog as often as we would like to.  We will bring it back up to speed as soon as we can.  Please feel free leave messages for Stephe on this post.  I will make sure she sees them, even if I have to print your comments out and hand deliver them to her.  You may also send her e-mails.  However, please understand that she may not feel like responding to e-mails for awhile.  So, please do not expect a quick response from her.  Thank you.  :-}

by Terri@CloudUSA.org

~ by Cloud USA on January 12, 2012.

118 Responses to “[ETA: Info] [Cloud USA Announcement] Mrs. Annie Eloise Thornton”

  1. Dear Terri, thank you for sharing a wonderful story about Stphe’s mother here. Dear Stephe, I am glad to know how wonderful your mother used to be. I am also glad that your mother got to know how wonderful Rain is.
    I also had an opportunity to show the picture of him few months before passing of my mother. My mother said that he seemed to be nice and a good man. The word is my treasure in my heart. Again, I pray that your mother’s soul rest in peace.

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  2. Thornton Family,

    It is with a heavy heart and clouded mind that I express my condolences to you and your family. When I heard the news today (1/27/12), I was devastated and speechless. Mrs. Thornton was my GCS mom and I loved her dearly. She had such a sweet spirit. I still have the card she gave me months ago posted on my board. I will miss her so much and pray that God continue to give you and your family strength and guidance during this difficult time. I am always here if you all should ever need anything.

    If I only could’ve seen her for the last time…..

    God Bless,
    Shanika (GCS- Kennestone)
    678-520-9029

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    • Shanika, this is Stephe. Thanks so much for your comments.

      I cannot thank you and everyone at Georgia Cancer Specialists/Kennestone enough for how well you cared for Mama (and my baby brother). You always managed to put a smile on her face, and she always felt safe and comfortable whenever we had to come in. You really made a difference in her life, she said that and expressed that to me, so please be comforted and know that the things you do for people carry a long way.

      God Bless you too. Will give you a call soon.

      Stephe ^@@^

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    • Shanika,

      Thank you for your comment. She was a lovely lady, indeed.

      She is sorely missed.

      Terri :-}

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  3. You are all so wonderful. How I love my Cloud sisters.

    Stephe ^@@^

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  4. Stephe really sorry for your lost, I hope that God give you the strength to get through this difficult moment. Many blessings from Venezuela

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  5. To my dearest Stephe wherever you are my dear may i extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother.A praying that that your faith will give you strength in this testing time.It is so hard to imagine what you must be going through,i am so sorry for knowing that & we are thinking of you & wishing that your strenght as you deal w/ so much grief.So hold on tight to your mom’s memories,she is there watching you.My open prayer for your mother that she’s rest in peace…!God Bless you & your family!

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  6. Goodness gracious me… look at all of these comments. Mama would be so tickled. Hugs and thanks to you all…! ㅜ_ㅜ

    Mama’s favorite Rain concert CD was the Rain’s World Tour Premier. Between the pyros and his stage charisma and the way he danced AND that Voice, she would be in a trance. It’s going to be strange watching it without her now…

    Stephe ^@@^

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  7. Stephe,

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My heart is heavy thinking about the sadness you and your family are having to go thru.

    This is one of my favorite songs and I always try to share it when someone has a lost…

    We love you and will keep you in our prayers…

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  8. Sorry that you and your family has lost a love one. My prayers r with u.

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  9. Everyone,

    Stephe wanted me to tell you that she is extremely grateful for your thoughts and prayers.

    She is really busy and doesn’t have the time to read all of your comments right now, but she will do that as soon as things calm down.

    Right now, though, she just wanted me to say thank you to you all.

    Terri :-}

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  10. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Losing your mother has to be one of the worst things in the world. Please accept my condolences. I will keep you in my prayers!

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  11. she’s a very wonderful person, i can tell. she’s in a better place, in her heaven, where she is beautiful, whole, and happy… watching over all of us down here.. i am heartily sorry for your loss, ms. stephanie thornton… may the good God shower you with his grace as He did when Ji Hoon lost his mother and when I lost my beloved grandmother. Still fighting!

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  12. my deepest condolences. will be praying for her and the entire family.

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  13. Stephe I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences go out to you and your family. Also, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God bless you and your family.

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  14. Stephe,

    My condolences go out to you & your family. May God’s presence and his Holy spririt be with you during this time and always…

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  15. My dearest Cloud Sisters, my heart goes out to you both on your loss. Steph, may God and his loving Angels confort you during this time of grief. Just know that God, in calling your mother home, had a job for a new Angel and he called upon the one who was befitting of that honor, your Mom. I pray for strength for you and yours.

    Bless you ,
    MommieLynn

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  16. Dear Stephe words cannot express the sadness of your news, having met you gives me an idea of the kind, caring woman your mother must have been to bring up such a wonderful daughter. My prayers and condolence to you and your family. Also know that all your cloud sisters have you in our hearts and minds.

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  17. Our thoughts and prayers are with You and your family and all of the Cloud USA Family at this time, as they always are. Ms Stephe, please accept my condolences and know we will be here for You, whenever You need us.

    Cloud Mudare

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  18. i’m sorry for your loss, the Lord gave you such a blessing but now he needs another angel in heaven, as she was an angel on earth.

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  19. Dear Stephie,

    I send my most sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family. I know your sorrow is deep but also celebrate the fantastic woman your mother was and all the wonderful things she brought to your life.

    Blessinds and Prayers,
    Dee

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  20. Dear Stephe. I feel so bad. I´m very sorry that you are going through this difficult situation. Three years ago my aunt, who was like a second mother to me, died in the same circumstances. I’m really sorry. Keep in mind that Cloud´s community are with you. Take your time and I would like to hear from you soon. Un fuerte abrazo desde Honduras. Yugdina Galindo.

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  21. Dear Terri…
    there is a place we call Heaven, it is the promise of the Golden Age that is coming to our reality on this planet earth…but just know that our dear and departed loved ones are now in that space in the higher realms of Divine presence.

    Death is not the end but a beginning and preview of what is there in store for us. However, it is still the presence of those we hold close to our hearts that we do miss. and wish we could be together forever.

    It takes a while to adjust to not being able to see them in our midst…
    Remember always though you are able to speak with them and continue to talk with them..and listen quietly in your heart as you hear them speak to you also ….

    We will be able to soon live in their world of peace..not because we too must die someday, but we are moving into a new paradigm…and then our relationship of those we dearly love we will realize that there is no separation.

    Take heart and look for every opportunity to bring this reality into your every day life as divine love and presence is in spirit..that moves through every molecule that exists in our world.

    This is only by our ability to establish Heaven on Earth.. Many blessings and peace is now with most precious “Miss Ellie” ….Here is a vision of where she may find herself soon as she will be able to leave this physical plane of our dimension: know this is so…

    lovelight, alishaa

    12 Yr. Old Paints Heaven

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  22. Dear Steph and Family,
    What a beautiful person your mom was!! I wish that I could be more like her. I’m sure you will miss her greatly and we will miss reading about her.
    With deepest sympathy,
    jeanie

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  23. Dearest Steph: it is with deepest sorrow that we all know life is but a brief moment in our lives that it is most unnatural for us to not be able to see our loved ones who have passed away~as we do feel grief~ Please know that this is only temporary and life does continue in a spiritual realm of divine order and blessings are there for all of us to embrace. For the next three days of your mom’s passing on to this dimensional where she will be able to finally find peace and comfort in her ~ speak with her as she does hear your words and know your feelings. She now has the time where she may choose to be whatever her heart desires..and be in the presence of divine love is very peaceful and happy~ there is a feeling of divine love that anyone may embrace according to their choices. Remind her that all is well and she will be able to move on to an already established “Heaven on earth”. For yourself and your family…have the assurance that MOM is blessed in the presence of Divine LOVE. may peace be with you and all of your loved ones. aloha, alishaa

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  24. Stephe, my heart feels very heavy for you. You have my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear mother. Know that I will be praying for you and your family as often as I can.

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  25. Dear Stephe and Jim,

    “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
    May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful mother. In this very difficult and challenging time, I’m sure mere words aren’t enough to bring you comfort, but please know that you will be in all our thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy and condolence to you and your family. *hugs*

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  26. I very sorry for your loss but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Much love from Cloudabbyda

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  27. Dear Stephe and Jim:

    I am so very sorry for the lost of your beloved mom. She was so beautiful in so many ways! I know that there are no words that can help ease the pain right now because when you loose your mom there’s no way you can fill that loving presence, specially when she’s being more than a mom, a partner in crime! I know you share so much with her and for that feel really happy that you could have such wonderful moments with her. Try to remember that, the special moments you share thru high and low. Take your time, we’ll be here no matter what for you! Know that my condolences and prayers are with your family. Big hug to you, Jim and your family

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  28. Stephe, please accept my sincere condolences. My heart and prayers goes out to you and your family. I pray that you all find strength,peace and comfort from one another in the days ahead.

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  29. I’m so sorry my dear… =/

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  30. Stephe, I know how you feel, I lost my mother, over ten years ago and it still feels like yesterday, you never get over the loss, you always feel it but it does get easier, I guarantee. I can’t find any prophetic words that will make you feel better, but I do know that you have to let yourself go with your emotions and grieve how you want, without harm. Your mom was beautiful as are all moms and their loss is so devastating that it’s hard to cope and deal, but if we are true to the women that raise us, we do survive and we make them proud as I know that you will do. Your mom seemed like a great person and she had you and you are great (in the short time I’ve been a member of this great group) and I know that it will get easier for you. I hope I haven’t been insensitive. As with everyone else, my thoughts and prayers go to you in this time of need and know that your CloudUSA family has your back and are here for you in whatever way you want/need. Big hugs

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  31. My heart goes out to you and your family. My mother is going to be 87 in a couple of months and she has been sick since the New Year started. I thought I was going to lose her a week ago and my heart ache. I like you am the only girl with two brothers. I have been taking care of my mother and father (he passed in 2006) for the last ten years and it’s been hard but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I know you know what I am talking about. So you see I truly feel your pain. All we have is our faith and belief that they (our love ones) are in a much better place. I think all the time about the line Rain said in NA. “Death comes for us all”. Even with knowing that, it does not make it much easier when it happens. Love to you and your family, Gee

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    • I understand exactly, Gee. Baby Bro was diagnosed in 2004, daddy in 2005, and mama in 2007. It’s been a long hard road of continuous fighting against insidious disease. We lost Barry in 2008; it was pretty horrible. Thankfully Daddy made a full recovery, though he’s incredulous that mama is gone now.

      Mama and Barry are in a much better place. No more pain. But we can’t help missing them and feeling somehow left behind. Much love to your mom…

      Stephe ^@@^

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  32. My deepest and most sincere condolences. I’m really sorry for your loss. I hope God gives you and your family the strenght to endure. I’m glad i got to know a bit about your mom thru this forum. She sounds like a beautiful person and I’m sure the world was better because a person like her was in it. May she rest in peace. Lots of hugs to you and your family.

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  33. I don’t know what to say that will express everything. All I can do is hug you when I get to GA on Saturday.

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  34. Stephe, I want to offer you my deepest, deepest condolences. I know what you and Jim are going through, but even through this time of immense sorrow, God is in control…He alone. Mrs. Thornton is sitting next to Him now and as much as I Know she will be missed, she is in a much better place. A place free of pain….a place of peace. My thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you, Jim and the Thornton family. Take care dear Lady.

    Love You,
    BiAlamode

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  35. I’m sorry to hear about your lost. I will pray for the family. May God give all of you strength to make it through this difficult time.

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  36. Stephe, we know from all of the stories we’ve heard about your mother over the last few months that she was an amazing woman. I’m so glad that you chose to share those moments with us. Please know that she will be sorely missed, and I’ll be praying for you and your family.

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  37. Stephe and Jim,
    Words cannot express how sad I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a beautiful lady…inside and out. I wish I had had the honor of meeting her. May God surround all of you with comfort and peace.

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  38. Stephe,
    I am so, so sorry to hear about your loss. From your stories and Terri’s stories I can tell she was a great woman and a great mom. My thoughts are with you and your family right now. Please make sure you take care of yourself… We’ll be here thinking of you.
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  39. Dear Stephe ^@@^

    My heart breaks for you, I’m sorry dear. I am sending so much love and so many prayers. I can see your mom was a very special lady and loved by anyone who knew her. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that your grief is shared by so many of us CLOUDS. Sweetie, I can imagine what you must be going through by now…please hold on tight to your Mom’s memories, she is there, watching you.

    My deepest sympathy & condolences to you and to your family, and praying that your faith will give you more strength in these testing times.
    I LOVE YOU STEPHE! MHUA!

    Missing you,

    annrainable♥

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  40. Oh Stephe … please accept my condolences, we are all with you, I know we can not physically be together, but feel all our love and our sincere hug.

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  41. Stephe
    I’m so sorry for your lost. By reading this section I realized how special is your mom. You and your family will miss her but do not doubt that you will see her again. And that she is in resting and the lord will take care of her from now on. I send you my condolences and my love to you and your family. And I pray that you will go through this difficult time with the help and support of dearest friends and family.

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  42. Dearest Stephe,

    I am so so sorry to hear about your loss. Such a great loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Love and hugs,
    River.

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  43. Dear Stephe,
    So sorry for your lost *HUGS* my prayers and thoughts with you and your family.

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  44. I am so sorry ..I pray that God be with you and your family.

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  45. Im so truly sorry your lost, my prayers are with you and your family

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  46. Dear Stephe..

    My prayers are with you and with your family….sorry to hear about your loss..my deepest condolence

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  47. Thinking of you at this time dear Stephe. I know how hard it is to lose a parent especially a mother whom you feel blessed to have known and be with. My heart bleeds for you. She’s gone too soon and she will be missed. Please extend my condolences to your dad and two brothers. Ms Eloise may not be here physically , but she will remain in our hearts forever. I’ll pray for the eternal repose of her soul. May she rest in peace.

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    • Thank you, felisshi.

      We lost our baby brother Barry to his lymphoma in 2008, so it’s me and Jim and dad now. But we know they are both with us and always will be…

      Stephe ^@@^

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  48. Dear Stephe and Jim I am so very sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. Thinking of you and your family.

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  49. Dear Stephe,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Dianne (isilvalie)

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  50. Dear Stephe, I am so sorry to hear that. My heart and prayer is with you and your family. May God be with you and comfort you. Now she is in Heaven with God. Wish you well and take good care. Clouds all over the world always here for you… luv n big hugs~ .. JJ

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  51. I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are going out to you in your family in this time of need. May God Bless you. Hugs

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  52. oh dear, m sorry to hear this…we always be with u dear..and we pray all the best for ur mom n ur family

    XOXO
    tety_indonesia

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  53. Oh Stephe, I’m so very sorry to hear about your sweet mother. You and your family are in my prayers. Losing a parent is one of the most difficult things you will ever experience. Please remember, you are who you are because of your mother and father. She is with you always. All of the things she taught you still remain and a day will not go by that you will not use something that you learned from her. You will miss her every day but there are days ahead where her memory will bring you sweet laughter and humble gratefulness for the blessing of a mother such as she. I know how very much your heart is hurting and it is ok to not be ok. Take your time. Take care of yourself. Eat. We are here for you. All my love and prayers for you today. Amy

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  54. With my deepest and sincerest condolences.

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  55. Oh Stephe I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your mother my beautiful sister. She was a beautiful woman, nothing can replace the loss of a mother I know this first hand, but the pain does lessen has time goes by.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know you must be in a state of shock but please stay strong my sister she may not be with you in life but her spirit will always surround you and you’ll still feel her with you when you most need her.

    Just know shes in a better place free from pain and suffering, God just welcomed a new angel and this one truly was a CLOUD. T_T….

    I love you my sister friend God bless you and keep you strong. Hugxxx

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  56. Stephe dear, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom but know that she is heaven with Rain’s mom looking down on you and him or wondering why your not playing any Rain music 🙂 ( something to make you smile). know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family dear ((((HUGS))) love you

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  57. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful lady. Stephe my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

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  58. Dear Stephe!
    Please accept my honest condolences! My heart is full of pain! At this time is heavy to say anyting! Please be strong! All of the CLOUDS are with you!
    I’m praying for your mother, for you and for your family!
    I send you a big hug from Hungary!
    Ágota

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  59. Oh Stephe I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mother was such a beautiful lady inside and out. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    *hugs*

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