Fourteen years ago today Kountze lost a great citizen. She was a native, both her parents lived and died here. She was a fine person, a giving soul who always had a smile on her face and never met a stranger. She was always chic and beautifully groomed and when not traveling the world she worked in a variety of fields.
At one time she worked in the Hardin County Tax Office for my dad. She was a trained nurse and a hairdresser which was easy to see as her hair always stylish. She was active in the community, frequently volunteered her time.
She never wrote a book, never graced the cover of a magazine nor did she call attention to herself. She was modest yet unforgettable.
When I learned she had passed, the next day after 9/11/2001 I stopped and remembered the vibrant woman who passed among us. She never received the acknowledgement she deserved nor did she seek it. Those who never knew her missed more than I can say.
I remember the time I received a post card from her while she was vacationing in London. I was thrilled and looked forward to the future and my own plans of England and of touring the world. It was a kind act on her part to remember me and it was greatly appreciated.
Today I honor the memory of Nelma Lois Thornton.