Sandra Thornton Death, Obituary – Sandra Akey Thornton, age 79, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023 at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh. She was a resident of the Akey Road in Morrisonville. She was the daughter of Walter H. Akey and Marian (Dwyer) Akey and was born on May 21st, 1943 in Plattsburgh, New York. Sandy was born and raised in Dannemora, and she attended Saranac High School until she graduated in 1961.
At the St. Joseph’s Church in Dannemora on May 25, 1963, she tied the knot with Owen Patrick “Owney” Thornton. Before becoming the Town Clerk and Court Clerk for the Town of Plattsburgh, Sandy worked as an operator for the company Ma Bell, was a local flower designer, and worked in the florist industry. After having served the municipality in that capacity, she went on to work as a school aide at Saranac Central School.
She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts pack 44, an active member of the Skating Club of the Adirondacks, and an active member of the North Country Quilt Guild. She also enjoyed camping and flower gardening in her spare time. Sandy’s family includes her husband of 59 years, Owen Thornton; son, Patrick Thornton (and his wife, Karen); daughter, Julie Thornton (and her husband, Richard “Foggy”) Foster; two grandchildren, Shamus Foster (and his wife, Maura Trombley); and SaraJo Mattison (and her husband, Wayne); one great-grandson, Owen Paul Madison; brother, Rick Akey (and his wife, Diane); and brother-in-law, Donald Thornton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her in-laws, James and Esther (Prunier) Thornton; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Loretta and Charlie Ashline; and her sister-in-law, Joan (LaBombard) Thornton. At the Hamilton Funeral Home, which is located in Peru at 294 Mannix Road, visitation will be conducted on Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
A funeral service will then take place at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel at four o’clock in the afternoon, and the Reverend William G. Reamer will preside over the ceremony. After the ceremony, there will be a reception held at the American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh. St. Alexander’s Cemetery in Morrisonville will be the location of the interment, which will take place in the spring.