PRESQUE ISLE - Joan Blanche Louise (Murphy) Thorne died peacefully with her children at her side on January 6, 2015 at the Presque Isle Nursing Home. She was born June 30, 1932 in Calais, the daughter of Clarence and Alice (Wahl) Murphy, Sr.
Joan grew up and graduated from the Washington County town of Woodland, where she was proud to be crowned Miss Woodland and Miss Labor Day back in 1948. She married the love of her life, the late Clement P. Thorne of Island Falls on October 20, 1951 and they eventually settled in Presque Isle, where they raised their 7 children. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was dedicated to her family. "Joanie" enjoyed life and will be fondly remembered for her love of cooking big, wonderful meals that always brought her large family back to her doorstep. Clem and Jo loved to spend time visiting with their many close friends. She enjoyed playing golf with her family and friends, both at their home in Island Falls and at their winter residence in Haines City, Florida, where she and Clem spent over 25 winters in their retirement years. Joan was a kind and gentle woman who loved to laugh and enjoyed being in nature and the outdoors. She spent many hours on her porch, watching hummingbirds and feeding peanuts to the little chipmunks that would come to visit her. She will be remembered for her fun-loving sense of humor and her "Pick yourself up and brush yourself off" attitude she lived and taught to her family.
Joan was predeceased by her devoted husband of 56 years, Clement Thorne, son David Thorne, brother Ernest Murphy, nephew Barry Pulkkinen and great-grandson Hunter Twombly. She is survived by her children, Linda Walton and her husband Jeffery of Presque Isle, Sandra (Thorne) Gendron of Portland, Thomas Thorne of Brewer, Pamela Thorne of Brewer, Debra (Thorne) Madore and her partner Roland Guimond of West Chapman, and James Thorne and his wife, Suzanne of Carmel; brother, Clarence Murphy Jr and his wife Shirley of Baileyville; sister-in-law Barbara and her husband Richard Pulkkinen of Millinocket; Joan was "Nana" of 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and aunt to 4 nephews and 3 nieces. The family wishes to thank all the staff at Presque Isle Nursing Home for all the caring support given to Joan.
A visitation will be held 11AM- noon for family and friends followed by a reception on Saturday January 17, 2015 at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home 30 Church Street Presque Isle. A private graveside service will be held later in the spring at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery in Island Falls. Donations may be made in her memory to Alzheimer's Association 383 US Route1 Suite 2c Scarborough, ME 04074. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com