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Carol Thornton-Anderson

January 26, 1954 — January 4, 2023

French Lick


Carol Thornton-Anderson, age 68, of French Lick, Indiana, entered into eternal rest on January 4th, 2023 at her residence.

She was born in Newark, New Jersey on January 26th, 1954 to William and Doris (Prior) Thornton.

Carol married John Anderson on November 19th, 1977 and he survives.

She was preceded in death by her Parents and (1) Brother – Craig Thornton.

Carol was a 1972 graduate of Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey and received her BA in Sociology and English from Indiana University in 1976.

She served as Director of the Melton Public Library, where she had been the first Director of Youth Services, 
retiring in 2011.  Carol and John were members of Lost River Market, where she also served on the board of the 
food co-op for a number of years.

Carol was an enthusiastic naturalist, having identified over 300 species of native moths and butterflies around her home, including some that were firsts for both the county and state.  She was also an avid bird watcher, always putting out suet and bird seed for the song birds that would visit her windows throughout the year.  Carol and her husband also kept bees for a period of time, planting native plants nearby for them, which they lovingly referred to as their pollinator patch.

She is survived by:

Husband – John Anderson 

(2) Sons – Ryan Anderson and Evan Anderson
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted by Bob Turner on Saturday, January 14th 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at
Paoli Presbyterian Church with doors opening at 10:00 a.m.  A gathering will follow the service where friends and family can share stories and memories of Carol.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Orange County Community Foundation Good Samaritan Fund, 1075 N. Sandy Hook Road, Suite 2, Paoli, IN 47454 or just take a long walk in the woods.


Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Service, 9640 W. State Rd. 56 French Lick, IN, 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website –

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Carol Thornton-Anderson, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Paoli Presbyterian Church

110 NE First Street, Paoli, IN 47454

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