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Selma C. Thornsberry

Selma Coral Thornsberry was born October 13, 1916 to Mason Casteel and Hazel (George) Casteel at Belmore, Ohio.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, William Casteel, Wayne Casteel, Jay Casteel and sister, Ernestine Davenport.

She was married to Master Sergeant, Joseph Paul Toth, in 1945 who died in 1959 from cancer. They have two surviving daughters, Linda C. Fox who is now in Loganville, GA and Joanna Casteel who lives in Brookpark, Ohio. In 1973 she married Woodrow Thornsberry who is also deceased.

Ms. Thornsberry was a beauty operator before enlisting in the Army in 1943. She worked in the Secret Room in the Pentagon building until date of separation, 1945. After raising her children she moved to Durand, Michigan to be close to her siblings. She attended Light of Faith Fellowship led by Pastor Don White and enjoyed planting trees, flowers and vegetables at the church.

She has seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, January 20, 2017 at Nelson-House Funeral Home in Owosso and burial took place at Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon.

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