Aug. 18, 1949-Aug. 9, 2004

MERLIN - Nancy Kailey Thorne, 54. of Merlin, an accomplished artist and craftsperson, died Monday, August 9, 2004 at Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass of complications from an automobile accident two weeks ago.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., today, Friday, August 13, at Parkway Christian Center in Grants Pass.

Mrs. Thorne was born Aug. 18, 1949, at Lincoln, Neb., to llo and Vernon Kailey. When she was 10 days old, she moved with her parents to Forsyth, Mont. In June 1957, the family moved to Miles City, Mont., where she graduated from Custer County High School. After graduation she attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula where she majored in Art Education. Following graduation she taught art at Custer County High School for 29 years.

On Oct. 28,1985, she married Curt Thorne. Mr. Thorne was a single parent with two boys, Troy and Trent and the couple later had a daughter, Whitney.

The family moved to the Grants Pass area in May 1999 to pastor North Valley Assembly of God.

Mrs. Thorne was an accomplished artist and loved crafts. She enjoyed people and life and was extremely gifted as a speaker, teacher, counselor, and loyal friend.

Survivors include her husband, Curt Thorne; sons, Troy and Trent; daughter, Whitney; and her parents, Vernon and llo Kailey, all of Merlin; a brother, "Ty" of Cincinatti, Ohio; a sister, Linda Sandvig of Helena, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hull & Hull Funeral Directors of Grants Pass was in charge of arrangments.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund at North Valley Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 130, Merlin OR 97532.

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