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Sammie Lane Tall Thornton
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Birth: Feb. 6, 1933, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 2013
East Millcreek
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Sammie Lane Thornton, age 80, died at Mount Olympus Rehabilitation Center in East Millcreek, UT on Wednesday September 18, 2013 following a lengthy struggle with heart and kidney disease.

Born February 6, 1933 as Sammie Lane Tall, she grew up in Eagle Rock, CA with her four siblings.

She married Calvin Gifford, who preceded her death. They had seven children, two of whom preceded her in death: Christopher Scott Gifford and Stanley Paul Gifford. She later married J. Max Thornton, who was beloved by her family. He also preceded her in death.

Sammie Lane served in various callings in the Draper Second Ward as well as her Stake. She and Max taught Sunday School to inmates at the Utah State Prison and together they served a mission in England. She loved to attend the temple and served at the Visitor's Center on Temple Square. She also loved giving gifts to children, grandchildren, and friends. She loved the Gospel and her Savior Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her children, David Gifford (CO), Helene McElmurray (CA), Carl Gifford (UT), Reid Gifford (CA), and Julie Berry (UT); fifteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three younger brothers, Thomas Tall (UT), who is serving a mission in Australia; Larry Tall (CA), and Kenneth Tall (CA).

A viewing will held from 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Manti, UT City Cemetery.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on September 19, 2013. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Calvin Eugene Gifford (1928 - 1977)
  James Max Thornton (1912 - 2000)
 
 Children:
  Christopher Scott Gifford (1959 - 1959)*
  Stanley Paul "Stan" Gifford (1961 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Manti Cemetery
Manti
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Sep 19, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117306214
Sammie Lane <i>Tall</i> Thornton
Added by: Ryan D. Curtis
 
Sammie Lane <i>Tall</i> Thornton
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