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JoAnn Witherite Thurston

September 27, 1932 March 4, 2010
JoAnn Witherite Thurston
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Obituary for JoAnn Witherite Thurston

JoAnn Witherite Thurston, 77, of Olanta, passed away Thursday March 4, 2010 at her residence, after a lengthy illness.

Born September 27, 1932 in Clymer, PA, she was the daughter of Thomas and Lyda (Gaston) McGary.  She had retired as the Tax Collector for Knox Township, had also worked for Kent Sportswear and Clearfield Cheese.  She was affiliated with the Glen Richey Primitive Methodist Church.

Surviving are 3 children Glenn James Witherite Jr. and his wife of Sharon of New Millport, Colleen Shives and her husband Dan of Drifting, and Lyda Dixon and her husband Jerry of Olanta, 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

Also surviving are 9 brothers and sisters.  Clifford McGary and his wife Jean of Niagara Falls, NY, Jerry McGary and his wife Jackie of Great Falls, MT, Albert McGary and his wife Bertie, Gary McGary and his wife Linda, and Terry McGary and his wife Carol all of Bloomington – Curwensville RD, Patrick McGary and his wife Gloria of Kerrmoor – Curwensville RD, Jean Bloom and Sharon Bloom and her husband Denny both of Curwensville, and Joan Shaw and her husband Gary of Waynesboro, NC, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Thurston was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Glenn Witherite whom she wed on July 8, 1949 and who preceded her in death on June 22, 1997, her second husband Donald Thurston whom she wed on May 1, 1999 and who preceded her in death on August 14, 2000.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson Glenn James Witherite III, 3 brothers Samuel, Donald, and Russell McGary, and a sister Mary McGary.

Services for Mrs. Thurston will be held at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Curwensville on Saturday March 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM, with Pastor Roger McGary officiating.  Interment will be in the Watts Cemetery, Redden Hill – Curwensville RD.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday March 5 from 5 to 8 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM until time of services. 

 The family suggests contributions be made to either the American Heart Association or the American Respiratory Alliance.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chidboyfuneralhome.com .                          

The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Curwensville is in charge of the arrangements.

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