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Ardelle Marilyn (Paulson) Thornton

Ardelle Marilyn Thornton, 90, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, Minn. A lifelong resident of the area, Ardelle was born in rural Carlton, the middle child of eight children to Hulda and Phillip Paulson. After graduating from Carlton High School and a brief stint working in Cloquet and Minneapolis, Minn., she met Edward D. Thornton after his return from the U.S. Navy serving in the South Pacific Theatre during World War II. After their marriage in August 1948, she gave birth to four children. Ardelle was a stay-at-home mom until she took a position as a rural mail carrier with the post office, a job she retired from after 15 years of service. She was very active in her church, Elim Lutheran, where she was a lifelong member. After retiring, she filled her days with volunteer work and travel. She was generous with both time and baked goods with neighbors and elderly friends and was beloved by many. Ardelle was also a member of the Nicholson-Sellgren VFW Post 2962 Auxiliary, Carlton County Senior Citizens and was a 4-H leader. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking cinnamon rolls, quilting, flowers and ceramics.

Ardelle was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Carl, Harold and Frank Paulson; one sister, Hazel Maxwell; and great-granddaughter, Kasey Lee Gibson.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Edward; her children, Debra (Joe) Bahen, Paulette (Tom) Holt, Michelle (David) Thornton and Edward (Donna) Thornton; two sisters, Phyllis Bohren and Nancy Paulson; one brother, Richard Paulson; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Friday, April 14, from 5-7 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet, and Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Elim Lutheran Church, 2077 County Road 6, Barnum, followed by a luncheon in the church social hall and interment service at Sandy Lake Cemetery.

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April 20, 2017 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.