Priscilla B. Thorne, 81
PORTLAND -- Priscilla B. Thorne, 81, died on Dec. 25, 2012, at home after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer
She was a very strong and brave woman and will be lovingly remembered by family and friends as a lady who was fond of literature, the arts and nature.
Priscilla was born to Elizabeth and Lothrop Bartlett in E. Millinocket, and could trace her family from Robert Bartlett who arrived in Plymouth Colony in the 1600s - continuing up to her great-grandfather who built the family camp on the shores of Moosehead Lake- where today the family continues to gather and live at the rustic summer homestead.
As a graduate of Tuft's Forsythe School of Dental Hygiene, she practiced for many years in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine. She took many courses at USM and continued her studies at OLLI (Senior College).
Some of Priscilla's many interests included cooking( maker of the world's finest pies), gardening, exercising with friends at the YWCA, docent at the Portland Museum of Art, birdwatching, music (both classic and jazz), reading (a long time member of two book clubs) and many strenuous outdoor activities. Together with her husband she paddled most of the rivers, biked many of the roads, and climbed most of the major mountains of Maine and New England.
Priscilla also hiked in New Zealand and trekked for a month to the high peaks of Nepal. She was a long time member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Audubon Society and National Resources Council of Maine. She was a 'hard core' environmentalist and proud to be a 'peacenik.'
While spending many summers at Moosehead Lake, Priscilla was active in numerous civic and social activities in the Greenville and Rockwood area, such as the library, garden club, historical society, Marine Museum, the Moosehead Lake Yacht Club and an informal bi-monthly hiking group.
Priscilla is survived by her husband, James S. Thorne, of 58 years of marriage; by three wonderful children, James B. Thorne of NYC, Christine T. Slader of Yarmouth, and Stuart L. Thorne of Dover, N.H.; their loving spouses; children; and two great- grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother, David Bartlett of E. Millinocket and his family, and her sister, Margaret B. Gray of Vermont and her family.
At her request her body has been donated to UNE School of Medicine and her ashes will be scattered off the cliffs of Mt. Kineo to the waters of Moosehead Lake, some remains to be placed in the Thorne family plot at No. Anson.
Priscilla's family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Roger Inhorn and nurse Carolyn and the entire Oncology staff at Mercy Hospital for their most kind and loving care.
There will be a private family gathering at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution would be appreciated
in her memory to:
VNA Home Health and Hospice
50 Foden Rd.
So. Portland, Maine 04101
with a special thanks to hospice nurse Sarah Gay and her associates for their extra special care and love.
Priscilla B. Thorne