Brenda Joyce (Malouin) Thorn, 72, of Oakland, MD, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.
Born May 2, 1947, in Worcester, MA, she was the daughter of the late Phillip Joseph and Margaret Mary (Racine) Malouin. She was also preceded in death by her infant twin brother; her sister Ruth Melcher and husband, Gene; brother-in-law, Paul Bashaw.
Brenda graduated from Commerce High School, MA, in 1965. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Worcester City Hospital and later at Forest Grove Nursing Home. She was working as a cashier at Mammoth Mart in Worcester when she met her husband while he was serving as an Inductee in the U.S. Army, assigned as a Medical Specialist and Honor Guard Participant with the 29th Evacuation Hospital Unit based in Fort Devens in Ayer, MA, for most of his two year active service. Brenda married Benjamin Chessman Thorn, Sr., on June 1, 1968, at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Worcester, MA. She began work as a cashier with Consumer Value Store in Boston, MA, while her husband was enrolled in graduate studies with Boston College, and was promoted to assistant manager by the time her husband had completed his studies. Brenda was a homemaker while her husband was employed with the Wicomico County, Maryland, Board of Education. When Benjamin later worked at the Garrett County Board of Education, she was both a foster and adoptive mother. She and her husband also cared for a number of pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, parakeets and fish. Brenda was a lifelong Parishioner with St. Peter Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and secretary/treasurer for the local Christian Women’s Club, and was one of the Founding Members of the local Catholic Daughters. Brenda and Benjamin participated in the local 4-H Country Kids Club for a number of years where she served as a leader and den mother with a local Cub Scout Troop. She volunteered as a dog obedience trainer and served as judge for the annual dog obedience contest held at the Garrett County Agricultural Fair with the local Cooperative Extension and 4-H Service, at no charge, for several years. She was self-employed as a dog groomer. Brenda was treasured as extraordinarily informal, thoughtful, understanding, caring, compassionate, and kind, with a great sense of humor. She thoroughly enjoyed conversation and could quickly put people at ease. She will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved her.
In addition to her husband, Benjamin Chessman Thorn, Sr., she is survived by her four adopted children, Benjamin, Mary, Kevin, and Christopher; four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Austin, Anthony, and Trevor; a brother, Phillip Malouin and wife, Donna, RI; three great grandchildren, Madison, Aidan, and Lazarus; two sisters, Linda Mason and husband, Steven, MA, and Shirley Bashaw,FL.
At Brenda’s request, she will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish Church, 208 S 4th St., Oakland, MD, 21550, on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Father Thomas Gills officiating. Friends will be received one hour prior to service.
Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 1100 Memorial Dr., Oakland, MD, 21550, is in charge of her arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy can be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105; Garrett County Government Animal Shelter, 152 Oakland Sang Run Rd., Oakland, MD, 21550; St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD, 57325; Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010; ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY, 10128.
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Garrett Co. Animal Shelter
152 Oakland Sang Run Rd., Oakland MD 21550
St. Joseph's Indian School
1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain SD 57325
14100 Crawford St., Boys Town NE 68010
424 E. 92nd. St., New York NY 10128