DeSoto Mourns the Death of Longtime Tourist Bureau Director, Edna Thornton

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On July 2, DeSoto Parish became a sadder place with the loss of long time DeSoto Parish Tourist Bureau Executive Director Edna Rae Thornton, who had retired from that office in the latter part of 2018. Affectionately known to many residents as “Ms. Edna”, she was a friend to all and a stranger to none. She was a native of Oil City, Louisiana, but considered Mansfield her home. She dearly loved DeSoto Parish, its history, attractions, and people.

Edna’s face was a familiar one all over the parish as she attended all Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Open Houses whenever a new business or facility opened its door. She was always there, usually in her chosen millinery for the day, eager to help promote and welcome them to DeSoto Parish.



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