Carol G. Thorne, 68: Texan served her 'adopted home town' in S.P. for many years

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Carol Garrett Thorne, 68, of South Portland, died unexpectedly on March 3, with her family by her side.

Thorne was born in Dallas on Nov. 15, 1946, to Maurice and Juanita (Duncan) Garrett. She grew up in Texas, and graduated from Cooper High School, of Abilene, in 1964.

In September 1967, she married Philip Thorne, and the couple soon moved to South Portland. There and in Auburn, they raised their two children. Carol became active in many civic activities, including parent-teacher organizations and the Auburn Suburban Little League Woman’s Auxiliary.

She began selling real estate in 1986 and continued that work in Auburn and greater Portland until her retirement in 2013.

After moving back to South Portland in 1992, Thorne served on the city’s Planning Board from 1996-2011, including stints as chairwoman in 1999, 2002 and 2009. Devoted to her “adopted home town,” she also served on the South Portland Comprehensive Planning Committee.

Thorne gave passionately of herself to others, and volunteered many hours to help the young people assisted by nonprofit organization Sweetser. She was a corporator of Sweetser, served on its Development Committee, and helped with its annual benefit auction for 22 years, many of those as chairwoman.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church UCC, where she served as an usher. She also co-chaired the church’s annual bazaar lunch with her daughter for 18 years.

Most importantly, Thorne was known as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She never missed her son’s athletic events, and proudly watched her granddaughters sing at church, play in band concerts, compete in basketball games, and race in track meets. She rarely missed a South Portland High School meet, and she was always thrilled to see her grandson play hockey or lacrosse.

Thorne was predeceased by her parents and by an infant son, James Alan.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Phil; daughter Judy Magnuson and husband Curt; granddaughters Lauren and Erica, both of South Portland; son David Thorne and his son C.J., of Biddeford; sister Judy Nodecker, of Bertram, Texas; and nephews Mike Black and Jeff Black, of Texas. She is also survived by brother-in-law Bill Thorne and wife Kim, of New Gloucester; nephews Ben Thorne, of San Francisco, and Matt Thorne, of Westbrook; and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland.

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