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Mary Helen Thorne

May 18, 1930 March 23, 2019
Mary Helen Thorne
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ST. ALBANS- Mary Helen (Oak) Thorne, age 88, died on March 23, 2019, at home in St. Albans surrounded by family. She was born in Hammond, Indiana, May 18, 1930, the daughter of Philip Tracy Oak and Louise Mattern Oak.

She graduated from George Rogers Clark HS in Whiting, Indiana, in 1948 and from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1952, where she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority.

In September 1952, she began a one year internship from the University of Chicago at Billings Hospital. On February 1st 1953, she married Lt. Allan Thorne (USAF).

After she finished her internship in September 1953 as a registered dietitian, she flew to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska, to join her husband. She worked at Providence Hospital in Anchorage as its dietitian.

The couple moved to Maine in 1954 to look after her father-in-law and the family farm. They raised 3 children. She went back to college to earn a teaching certificate in elementary education after the youngest was old enough to go to school. She taught 4th and 6th grade at St. Albans Elementary School (SAD #48) for twenty three years before retiring in 1990.

She was a member of Helpful Workers, Extension Service, Eastern Star Chapter #189 as well as a member of the Outlook Club for over 50 years, serving 4 years as secretary. Mary Helen also served as secretary and member of the Board of Trustees of the Sebasticook Valley Hospital for 8 years.

Her great loves were her family, teaching, painting, basket weaving, traveling, and learning to fly a Cessna 150 airplane (in 1971).

She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Allan, and is survived by her daughter Susan Thorne, son James Thorne, daughter Colonel Rosemary Thorne USAF (Ret) and her husband Lt. Colonel Patrick Moroney USAF (Ret), and many nieces and nephews.


The snow melts on the mountain
And the water runs down to the spring.
And the spring in a turbulent fountain,
With a song of youth to sing,
Runs down to the riotous river,
And the river flows to the sea,
And the water again
Goes back in rain
To the hills where it used to be.
And I wonder if life’s deep mystery
Isn’t much like the rain and snow
Returning through all eternity
To the places it used to know.

For life was born on the lofty heights
And flows in a laughing stream,
To the river below
Whose onward flow
Ends in a peaceful dream.
And so at least
When our life has passed
And the river has run its course,
It again goes back
O’er the selfsame track
To the mountain which was its source….

By William Randolph Hearst

In lieu of flowers, please donate to University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place,
Orono, Maine, 04469-58792 ( 
Gift Designation: Page Farm and Home Museum.

Interment will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the Village Cemetery, Cemetery Road, St. Albans, Maine. A time will be announced at a later date.

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10:30 AM 8/3/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Albans Village Cemetery

Cemetery Road
St. Albans, ME 04971

St. Albans Village Cemetery
Cemetery Road St. Albans 04971 ME
United States

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University of Maine Foundation

Two Alumni Place
Orono, ME 04469-58792

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