1977: Edna Thornton was shocked to learn
that her husband, David Thornton, lead a double life. To his colleagues
at the hospital, he was a widower. In truth, Edna was very much alive
and raising their daughter, Dottie Thornton.
Edna turned to Dr. Jeff Martin when she began having heart pains. Little
did she know, David was the culprit behind her condition. He had been
slipping digitalis into her drinks. One day, Dottie innocently switched
her drink with David’s. David went into cardiac arrest. He had laced
the drink with a lethal dosage of digitalis.
Dr. Chris Karras, David's lover, was accused of the murder, but Jeff knew
better. He did a toxicology screen on David’s body and linked his
heart attack to the same cause of Edna’s heart pains. David had
planned to kill Edna the night of the switch. Edna was now a rich widow.
Ray Gardner convinced Edna she needed protection in her isolated cabin.
Edna allowed him to sleep on the couch. Ray was arrested later that year
for the rape of Ruth Martin.
Edna dove right back into the dating scene. She grew especially fond of
1979: Edna was surprised by the site of Ray, now a fugitive,
making himself at home in her house. Edna knew what a dangerous man her
one time friend was. She and Dottie were held hostage. Phil Brent came
in to the rescue, posing as a doctor sent to treat another hostage, Dr.
Chuck Tyler, whom Ray had shot.
Edna moved out of the cabin to be closer to Pine Valley. She was a frequent
visitor of The Chateau’s bar. There, she would meet Langley Wallingford.
Langley was taken with Edna until she let it slip that the richest woman
in Pine Valley was Phoebe Tyler. Edna recognized that he was going to
play her for her newfound fortune.
One night, Edna found Benny at the bar after having a few too many to
drink. She took advantage of the situation by convincing him to marry
Benny proved to be a good father to Dottie.
When Billy Clyde was arrested in Sea City, Benny opened his home to his
wife Estelle LaTour. Edna knew this was the beginning of the end of he
marriage. Benny had dated Estelle in the past. Edna asked Benny if he
ever loved her, but he could not answer the question. Edna filed for a
1984: When Edna moved Dottie back to Pine Valley, she
noticed her difficulty in making friends. Edna made it known that it was
Dottie’s fault because she did not care enough about her appearance
to find a boyfriend. Edna took matters into her own hands and hired Tad
Martin to date her daughter. Dottie did one better, and got pregnant with
his child. Edna found herself planning a winter wedding.
1985: Edna was devastated to see Dottie’s marriage
to Tad crumble after her miscarriage. She welcomed her daughter home with
1986: Edna and Dottie were driving their car when a pedestrian
jetted into the street. Edna was barely able to stop her car in time.
When she got out, she realized the pedestrian was Hillary Wilson, dressed
in her wedding gown and set to marry Tad. The Thorntons gave Hillary a
ride to the Wallingford Estate, and witnessed her delayed nuptials to
the man she loved.
Edna and Dottle settled back into their single lives. The events of the
last year had repaired their estranged relationship.