Ernestine L. Thorne “Ernie”, 86, died peacefully on Dec. 4th with her family by her side. Ernie was born on Nov. 13, 1933 in Garden City, to Eston and Verma Frost Barber. A friend of her brother’s, Ernie met the love of her life, Donald Thorne, whilst wearing pin curls in her parents’ home. After a brief courtship, they were married on Sept. 16, 1951 in Garden City. Donald’s career took them to Topeka where Ernie got a job as a Clerk at the Kansas State Legislature. She was fiercely loyal to her family and friends and leaves behind an example of a life well lived.
Ernie is preceded in death by her husband, Don, her son Greg, and two sisters, Jo Ann, and Janet. She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Leiker and husband Randy, her daughter Gayle Johnson and husband Rick, her daughter-in-law Kathy Thorne, her grandson Matthew Leiker and wife Jennifer, her granddaughter Jacklyn and husband Shawn, her granddaughter Courtney Neely, her granddaughter Nikki Thorne, her great grandchildren Alana, Alexander, Julia, Peyton, Parker, Mia, Liam, as well as countless friends. Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, Hays.