Laurel Willes Thorne
1929 ~ 2014

Laurel Willes Thorne 84, of Pleasant Grove Utah, passed away Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014 after suffering most of her life from kidney disease. She was born Dec. 27, 1929 to Arthur Douglas and Zina Johnson Willes. She and her sister Lois grew up on her parent's farm in Lehi and both attended Lehi High School. Laurel's talent for music took her to the McCune School of Music in Salt Lake where she trained for a life-long career of teaching piano to young people and giving service as a pianist and organist. Laurel married E. Max Thorne on Feb. 9, 1952 for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He was born Sept. 30, 1927 to Elvin R. and Mable Jensen Thorne. Max grew up in Pleasant Grove where they decided to make their home. He was a talented carpenter who built the home in which they raised their three sons -Willes, Steven, & Kent. Max passed away July 17, 1992.

Laurel loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and was a wonderful example to all of her family. She was active in the LDS Church all of her life and held many callings including Primary and Relief Society President. She also served in the Timpanogos Temple in the baptistry and as a chapel organist.

Laurel had a lovely home that was filled with her own handiwork. She loved decorating, gardening, making quilts, oil painting, crafting porcelain dolls, and best of all, making incredible homemade rolls and apple pies. She was especially well-known for her love of Christmas and created many memories for her much-loved children and grandchildren.

Laurel has now joined her husband Max, her sons Steven & Kent, her parents, and many friends on the other side of the veil. She is survived by her son Willes & wife Karen, and her daughters-in-law Barbara & Caroline Thorne, all of Orem, as well as her sister Lois & husband Chad Terry of Salt Lake. They will miss her, as will her 11 grand-children and 19 great-grandchildren whom she adored.

Funeral services will be held Monday Aug. 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm in the LDS Grove Creek 4th Ward at 942 N 500 E in Pleasant Grove. Viewings will be held Sunday evening from 6-8 pm and Monday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the same address. Interment will be in the Lehi City Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the many people who have cared for Laurel over the years with special thanks to her friends at The Charleston and Encompass Hospice.


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