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On June 23, 1943, Ophelia married William Edward Speight in Harrisburg, PA. She also enlisted in the Army that year under the name Ophelia E. Redmond. During her military service she served as a nurse. After her military service, she was employed as a nurse at Cedars Hospital in New York. She was the wife of Norman J. Thornton. The couple lived in Detroit, MI, where her husband died in 1980. Ophelia left Detroit in 1982 and moved to Indiana, PA.
Ophelia Mae Ewings Speight Redmon Thornton died in Indiana, PA in 1992 and is buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Wyandotte, MI.
Sources: U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index in Ancestry; Pennsylvania Marriages in Ancestry; "Obituaries: Clarence Ewings," Indiana Gazette, 3/27/2001, p. 19; "Marriage applications," The Evening News (Harrisburg, PA), 6/23/1943, p. 11; "Obituaries: Ophelia Ewings Thornton," Indiana Gazette, 6/10/1992, p. 16; and Ophelia Mae Ewings Thornton at Find A Grave.
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