HAMPDEN - Lorraine (Thorne) Carson "Aunt Lorraine"
Hampden, ME- Lorraine (Thorne) Carson, 57, beloved wife, sister, aunt and friend died November 15, 2014 surrounded by her family and close friends after a valiant battle with leukemia. She was born January 29, 1957 in Bangor, the daughter of Edward and Marguerite (Verow) Thorne.
Lorraine attended St. John's school and graduated from Bangor High School, class of1975. She was a longtime employee of Dexter Shoe Company, starting at their retail store on Main Street in Bangor. Lorraine spent many years helping the company grow and played a pivotal role helping to expand their brand and managing many of their future outlet stores. As the shoe industry started to decline locally, Lorraine changed careers and began her work at EMMC Federal Credit Union.
Lorraine married the love of her life, Wayne Carson, on July 21, 1990. They enjoyed many years together, living life to the fullest and spending time with family and friends. Lorraine and Wayne loved traveling and seeing many places, but the sun and sand on Cocoa Beach held a special place in both their hearts. Although Lorraine lost Wayne in 2004, to cancer, there was never a day she was without him. She carried his love and strength with her and remained devoted to him for the next 10 years until they could be together again.
Lorraine was the youngest of seven children and shared a special bond with each and every one of her brothers and sisters. She came into this world an aunt, a title she cherished and a role she embraced her entire life. She was a positive role model and friend to her many nieces and nephews and all children fortunate to be part of her world.
Although totally devastated with the loss of her husband Wayne, she learned that times are too short and life has no guarantees. With the help and companionship of her very special niece, Beth Lumino, husband, Mark and their children, she slowly learned to enjoy life again. She leaned on them and them on her.
In her last years, some of Lorraine's most enjoyable memories were times spent simply around her home; whether it was tending to her gardens, splitting firewood in her backyard, or entertaining family and friends around her welcoming table. She attended countless live concerts with her close group of "pirates" and looked forward to her annual trip to Gillette Stadium to see her favorite pirate Kenny Chesney. Lorraine's love and enthusiasm for life was contagious. She taught those closest to her to always stop and take a moment to dance like nobody was watching and at Gillette Stadium, hopefully nobody was!
Lorraine is survived by her siblings: Beverly McCluskey and her husband, Robert of Hampden; Gerald Thorne and his wife, Jackie of Maryland; Noreen Simon and her husband, John of Hampden;, Edward Thorne and his wife, Sally of Hermon; brother-in-law, Robert Marquis of Bangor, many nieces and nephews, and special friends, Mary Anne Coffin, Cheryl Shepley and Mary Jo Freeman all of Bangor. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sister, Sheila Marquis and brother, Lawrence Thorne, all of Bangor.
The family would like to thank the entire team that handled her care, especially Dr. Corey Cutler of Dana Farber, Dr. Hans Reuter of Cancer Care of Maine and all the very special nurses and medical teams of Grant 6 at EMMC and Cancercare of Maine. Also, Jim and Annie Platz of PALS (Patient Air Lift Services) for the many flights to Boston, for which Lorraine was forever grateful. A special thanks to everyone who donated to Lorraine's GoFundMe account. All donations were greatly appreciated.
Family and friends may visit 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John's Catholic Church, York St., Bangor. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Following the burial, a reception will be held at the Hampden Snowmobile Club, Western Ave., Hampden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lorraine Carson to PALS (Patient Air Lift Services), 120 Adams Blvd., Farmingdale, NY 11735. C/O "In Memory of Lorraine Carson". Arrangements entrusted to Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden.