MANSON – Mary I. Thornes, 93, died peacefully at her home Tuesday, February 11, 2014. She was born on the family farm in Thwing, East Yorkshire, England on January 6, 1921. She met her husband, Maurice while they were both stationed in Cairo, Egypt, as members of the Royal British Air Force.

In 1952 she, her husband, and two small children immigrated to the United States where she was a homemaker.

Mary is survived by her husband of 67 years, Maurice; her three children Helen (Tom) Hoefing, Stephen (Deb) Thornes, and Catherine (Edward) Castleberry; one brother Richard who resides in England; two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one grandson.

Mary has donated her body to the University of Iowa Anatomy Department and there will be no visitation or service at this time. Larson-Weishaar Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.