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A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish

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Marolyn Claire Thornton Tarbell

July 16, 1928 - August 8, 2022

Marolyn Claire Thornton Tarbell, 94, of Moneta, Virginia passed away on Monday, August 8, 2022. She was the daughter of the late Thaddeus Lester Thornton and Edna Florence Field.

Marolyn was born on July 16, 1928, Newark, New Jersey.  She attended Linden Hall School in Lititz, PA.  She received her BS degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her nurse’s training at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.   In later years, she earned her MA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Marolyn was employed by various hospitals in New Jersey, Michigan, and Arizona.  Her last 25 years of employment were with the Rockaway Borough New Jersey School System, as a school nurse.

Marolyn was a member of Trinity Ecumenical Parrish, a member of the Eastern Star (Starlight Chapter, No. 107), and a lifetime member of NJEA.  She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, cooking, board games, and cherished spending time with family.

Marolyn is survived by her daughters, Michelle Tarbell Ligon and Roxane Tarbell Biondo, and her husband Donald; Grandsons, Thaddeus Ligon, Don Robertson Ligon, Matthew Biondo, Gregory Biondo and his wife, Caroline McLaughlin; great-grandchildren, Colton Ligon and Amya Ligon; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Marolyn is predeceased by her husband Rupert Bertis Tarbell, Jr.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish with Pastor Philip Bouknight officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Ecumenical Parish general fund, Moneta, VA  24121, or Linden Hall School, 212 East Main Street, Lititz, PA  17543.

Tharp Funeral Home, Bedford, Virginia is assisting the family.  To send condolences, please visit


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Michelle, Roxanne and families, It was with sadness that I read in the Harrisville paper of Marolyn’s passing. Although we never met in person, I corresponded about family history with your dad after being introduced by Bob Moore, another family historian. I was thrilled to know that a Thornton cousin lived in Virginia! It sounds like your mother lived a full life and touched the lives of many others. It is sad to learn that another family member of “the greatest generation” has passed. With sincere condolences, your third cousin, Thalia (great granddaughter of James Thornton’s sister Della)

Posted by Thalia Roland on August 22, 2022

My condolences to the loss of wonderful wife, mother and nurse of Washington School. I remember her sweet voice making it all better, and we always walked past her office just to say hello on our deliveries to different classrooms. I thank God for a wonderful woman who gave everything and everyone love and showed kindness with all. May she rest peacefully in the Lord’s Hands

Posted by LeeAnn Pratt ( maiden name George) on August 12, 2022

Michele and Roxanne, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. What a kind and nurturing women. I have fond memories of her from school. My thoughts and prayers are with you

Posted by Cindy christiansen on August 11, 2022

Such a lovely woman who lived a beautiful life! One of my fondest memories was when she told me that as a friend, I should address her as Marolyn and not Mrs. Tarbell. I couldn't seem to honor her request and always referred to her as Mrs. Tarbell. It may be a bit late, but, may you rest in peace "Marolyn" ! Rox and Michelle- Remember to lean on your friends and family for support as you navigate through this difficult time of losing your Mother. Love you! Anita

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