Mary Alice Rardin

Mary Alice Thornton was born on October 1st, 1924 in Rennick, West Virginia.  Her family moved to the Beaver County area in 1926 and settled in Hookstown, Pennsylvania in 1937.

She graduated from Chester High School in 1941.  She pursued her career as a registered nurse by attending St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in May 1946.  She worked at East Liverpool City Hospital beginning in 1941; as an RN with Taylor, Smith & Taylor Pottery, 1957 to 1959; as an industrial nurse during the building of Shippingport Atomic Power Station, 1963 to 1964; and at Crucible Steel Corporation in Midland, Pennsylvania, 1964 to 1971.

Mary Alice returned to East Liverpool City Hospital in 1972 and retired from there in 1983.  She continued to work part-time as an RN for Portamedic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until the time of her death.

Involved with community activities throughout her life, Mary Alice served as a trustee for The Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation from 1963 through 1970.  She co-founded the Upper Four Group in Hookstown, which raised money for The Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation by hosting teen dances at the South Side Memorial American Legion.  She also assisted with the house-to-house campaign throughout the South Side School District, as well as with the annual donations from the Crucible Steel Corporation.

One of the earliest members of the South Side Memorial American Legion Post #952 Auxiliary, Mary Alice was the founder of the Junior Auxiliary and actively continued in leadership roles throughout her life.  She was a member of the Tri-County (Beaver-Butler-Lawrence) Council; the American Legion Auxiliary and the Past Presidents Parley; member and leader of the South Side Senior Citizens, Shippingport, Pennsylvania; a member of the Beaver County Historical Society; and a member of the South Side Area School District’s Planning Committee.

Mary Alice not only worked and volunteered her time with organized groups, but is sorely missed for her constant care of many throughout the community.  She cared for peoples’ needs during illness, drove them to appointments, and cheerfully visited them to simply brighten their day.

All who knew her, young and old, truly miss her smile and the love she showed every day of her life.  She left a large void in the community that will not be filled.  Mother of three daughters and grandmother of five, Mary Alice’s family and friends have established this memorial fund to honor not only her loving memory but to continue her active work in bettering the lives of others.


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