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Betty Thorsen

August 5, 1942 ~ May 31, 2021 (age 78)


Betty Robertson Thorsen, of Russell Springs, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021, at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center, in Somerset.  She was 78 years of age.

Betty was born on August 5, 1942, in Russell County, daughter of the late Willis and Lois Luttrell Robertson.  Though she prided herself in being a homemaker for her family, Betty obtained her CDL and drove a tractor trailer truck across the United States.  She had also worked as a manager of a shoe store in Campbellsville and as a jewelry store manager in Greenville, South Carolina.  She was an avid gardener.

She is survived by her two sons, Wayne Thornton (and Susan), of Lexington, and Paul Brent Thornton (and Julie), of Owensboro; her brothers, Billy Robertson (and Becky) and Stevie Robertson, both of Russell Springs; her sister, Bonnie Richardson (and Marion), of Russell Springs; seven grandchildren, Elijah Thornton, Thomas Henry Thornton (and Hannah), Josiah Thornton, Grace Thornton, Abigail Thornton, John Samuel Thornton and Rebecca Thornton; step-grandson, Kyle Thornton; and great-granddaughter, Hannah Thornton.

Along with her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Al Thorsen, who passed away on April 15, 2017; and her brother, Bobby Robertson.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Bernard Funeral Home with Bro. Andy Robertson and Bro. Bobby Oakes officiating.  Burial will be in New Friendship Cemetery. 

Visitation will be after 12:00 p.m., Thursday, until time for services at Bernard Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503

Betty’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home.  An online guestbook is available at


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June 3, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Funeral Service
June 3, 2021

2:00 PM
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