thornotonPriscilla M. (Beams) Thornton passed away on January 2, 2016 at the age of 93. She was born in Worcester, MA, the only daughter of George and Mabel (Halvorsen) Beams. She met and married her husband, John Maxwell “Max” Hamilton Thornton and moved to Auburn shortly thereafter.

Priscilla worked for the Town of Auburn as a cafeteria worker for almost thirty years and retired as a baker at Julia Bancroft School in 1988. Priscilla was also a Sunday school teacher at the First Congregational Church in Auburn for over 20 years. She then served on the Music Committee for another 10 years. She loved camping throughout New England with Max and her two sons. After her husband passed away in 1975, she enjoyed long walks, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Priscilla loved to read books, work on cross-word puzzles, and enjoyed watching and listening to “big band” shows. She was also an avid Red Sox fan and loved to watch the games on television.

She leaves two sons; Jeffrey and his wife, Hebin of San Marcos, Texas and Craig and his wife, Karen of Sutton, Massachusetts; three grandchildren in Wisconsin; Victoria Nichols, Christian Thornton, and Elizabeth Thornton, one grandchild in Massachusetts; Caitlin Thornton; one grandchild in Thrapston, England; Amanda Bailey and four great-grandchildren in Wisconsin.

At Priscilla’s request, funeral and burial services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember her may donate in her memory to the First Congregational Church of Auburn, 128 Central Street, Auburn, MA 01501.