PORTLAND - Priscilla B. Thorne, 81, died 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.
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Priscilla was born in East Millinocket, to Elizabeth and Lothrop Bartlett, 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 University of Southern Maine and continued her studies at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Maine 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 Portland Museum of Art, bird watching, music - both classic and jazz, reading - a longtime 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 longtime member of 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, Moosehead Lake Yacht Club and an informal bi-monthly hiking group.
Priscilla is survived by her husband of 58 years, James S. Thorne; three wonderful children, James B. Thorne of New York City, Christine T. Slader of Yarmouth and Stuart L. Thorne of Dover, N.H., and their loving spouses, children and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother, David Bartlett of East Millinocket and family; and sister, Margaret B. Gray of Vermont and family. Priscilla's family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Roger Inhorn; nurse, Carolyn; and the entire oncology staff at Mercy Hospital for their most kind and loving care. A special thanks to hospice nurse, Sarah Gay and her associates for their extra special care and love.
At her request, her body has been donated to University of New England School of Medicine, and her ashes will be scattered off the cliffs of Mount Kineo to the waters of Moosehead Lake and some remains will be placed in the Thorne family plot in North Anson. 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 Road, South Portland, ME 04101.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 5, 2013