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3994 Monroe Hwy
Ball, LA 71405
Phone: 318-640-1375
Fax: 318-641-3012
Jean Thornhill

Jean Hunter Thornhill (Paul)

Wednesday, June 8th, 1938 - Monday, May 13th, 2019
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Celebration of life services for Mrs. Jean Hunter Paul Thornhill will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in the Chapel of Gallagher Funeral Home, Ball, Louisiana, with Reverend Steve Maltempi and Lee Walker officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ball, Louisiana, under the direction of Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory, Ball, Louisiana.

Mrs. Jean Thornhill, age 80, of Ball, Louisiana, entered eternal rest on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria, Louisiana, surrounded by her loving family.

Jean never met a stranger. At Stephen F. Austin High School, she was known as “Tiny” on the volleyball team. If you met her through girl scouts, she was “So High”. As your softball coach she was “AJ”. She was Aunt Jean to everyone. If you were married in this area, you may have known her as “The Cake Lady” and she became “Mama Jean” after Jake was born. She touched the lives of so many. She and her husband, Gene were affectionately known as the “Gold Dust Twins” by many friends. Mrs. Thornhill was the Secretary and Associate Manager of the Alexandria Women’s Bowling Association for over 25 years. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

She is preceded in death by her parents Edwin and Clara Paul; brother, Edwin Paul, Jr.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Gene Thornhill, of Ball; daughter, Leslie Fortunato (Niko) of Fayetteville, GA; grandson, Jacob LeMaire of Ball; nephews, Stewart Thornhill (Becky) of Tioga and Mark Thornhill (Maria) of Columbia, SC; niece, Joy Maltempi (Steve) of Alexandria; sister, Suzie Taubert (Earl) of Fayetteville, GA; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, bowling friends and softball players that were like her family.

Friends may visit on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Gallagher Funeral Home, Ball, Louisiana from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. until time of service.

Pallbearers honored to serve will be Don Meyers, Jacob LeMaire, Stewart Thornhill, Zachary Thornhill, Lucas Thornhill and Niko Fortunato.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to any Veterans Charity.

If you were on a bowling team with her, she would like for you all to wear your team shirts.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Gallagher Funeral Home
    3994 Monroe Hwy
    BALL, LA 71405
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 10:00am
    Gallagher Funeral Home
    3994 Monroe Hwy
    BALL, LA 71405
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    Reverend Steve Maltempi
    Lee Walker
  • Interment

    Forest Lawn Memorial Park
    4000 Monroe Hwy.
    BALL, LA
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Janice Murphy

Posted at 11:15am
I just ran across this and couldn't believe it! I am so sorry for the family in their great loss! I have so many memories of Aunt Jean (which I as well as a lot of people called her). Too many memories to list. Know that I'll be praying for the family today as she is laid to rest and for the days to come.

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Posted at 12:19am
We will always remember dear Aunt Jean. With Love, Brian, Kristi, Ansley and Lilly Taubert
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Pam Berg

Posted at 07:36pm
I played ball for AJ for many years. Some of my best childhood memories are playing softball. It was so fun to practice in the cow field down from her house. AJ was the first phone call my mom made when it was time for a wedding cake. I live in Indianapolis now, but still remember my youth in Louisiana, and especially the people who made me who I am.
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England Airpark Lanes Family

Posted at 06:08pm
"Jean Thornhill" will remain in our hearts forever. She was a very special lady with the biggest heart. She will be truly missed.
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Lilian Ortiz

Posted at 01:43pm
Stewart & Family - Prayers of comfort join you today and in the days to come. May Jean rest in peace, in loving and eternal company of our Lord.
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