Phyllis “Jean” Thorndike, 93, of Duluth, formerly of Bucksport, Maine and Sartell, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at the Ecumen Lakeshore Assisted Living Community. Jean was born in Burnham, PA on June 19, 1929 to Russell and Flo Billett. Her family moved to Portland, Maine when she was a teenager and she graduated from Portland High School. Jean worked for several years at the Canal National Bank starting her banking career as a secretary and was promoted to manager of the Forest Avenue Branch in Portland before marrying William Thorndike on March 4, 1961 in Portland.
While living in Bucksport, Maine and raising children, she volunteered at several local businesses. She was a member of the Elm Street Congregational Church. Jean was a member of the Riverside Evangelical Presbyterian Church Sartell, Minnesota and worked as the church secretary for 16 years. She was a church deacon and involved with Willing Workers, the prayer chain, RAYS and church craft groups.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Flo Billett; her husband, William “Bill” Knowles Thorndike; a brother, Herb (Pat) Billett. Jean is survived by a daughter, Betsy (Tom) Lund; a son, Bill (Jill Stromwall) Thorndike; a brother, Don (Lynn Ritchie) Billett; a grandson, Justin Lund; many nieces and nephews. She loved classical music, skiing, and was a very loving and supportive wife, sister, aunt, mother, and grandmother. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. The family would like to thank the Ecumen Lakeshore Hospice staff and The Shores Memory Care unit team for the wonderful care they provided to Jean.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am Friday, October 14, 2022 at the Ecumen Lakeshore Chapel. 4002 London Road. Masks will be required. Burial services will be held in Bucksport, Maine at the Elm Street Congregational Church at 11 am Wednesday, October 19, 2022 with burial in the Riverview Cemetery in Bucksport, ME. Memorials may be made to the Riverside Evangelical Church Development Fund. Arrangements by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.
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