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GiGi Thornton (MaryAnn Baden)August 20, 1933 - July 17, 2017
On Monday, July 17, 2017, GiGi Thornton (MaryAnn Baden) went home to our Father in Heaven. She was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 20, 1933. As a proud Dallas native, she graduated from North Dallas High School in 1950. GiGi raised her children and lived the majority of her life in the city she loved. Community service was always near and dear to her heart while also working full time. After a calling from the Lord, she took a leap of faith and acquired her nursing degree at 46 years old. In the healing field, GiGi thrived in serving others for the remainder of her career. In 1998, she met her "Honey," Dale Thornton, who would inspire her move to Kern Valley. It was a surprise to some who knew her as a Texas city gal to see how happy she was in rural Wofford Heights. She loved y'all and the mountains! GiGi was a member of the LOE and enjoyed her time at the Arcade and the Elk's lodge. In 2008, after Dale's passing, she relocated to Pflugerville, Texas, to be near her family. She is survived by her three children: Angela Dyer and husband Jack, Teresa Van Buren, and Michael Humphreys; her grandchildren Chasey Packer and husband Eric, Nikki Hicks and husband CJ; her great grandchildren Ashton Packer, Lissa Packer, and Lane Hicks.

GiGi was a zesty, feisty lady, who was filled to the brim with authentic Texas charm, from her accent to her strength, as well as her convictions to her joyful spirit. Gigi will be remembered for her love of people, wicked sense of humor, and her infectious smile. Also, she could be heard for miles during a Cowboys game. She strived to ensure the next generation would be filled with many "ups" and "hugs." GiGi shared one request: that there never be a dash between the two dates of her life. That space was to be a cross, as the years between the dates were so much more than a dash.

A celebration of GiGi's life will be held on August 19, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church Pflugerville, 500 West Pecan St, Pflugerville, Texas, 78660 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in GiGi's honor may be made to: The Christian Appalachian Project, To share condolences with the family, please visit: and search the last name "Baden."