Friday, June 6, 2014
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ISABEL ANA THORN

Isabel Ana Thorn, 88, passed away on May 31, 2014 at Key West Health & Rehabilitation after a very brief hospitalization for a severe stroke.

Isabel was born July 8, 1925 in Guantanamo, Cuba. Isabel is predeceased by her husband Floyd J. Thorn a WWII Navy Veteran. She is survived by her daughter I. Marlene Thorn PhD, son Michael J. Thorn, daughter-in-law Suzanne H. Thorn and four grandchildren, Nicholas Thorn, Anne Thorn, Michael Becker and John Becker.

Isabel and the family moved to Key West in 1957 when her husband Floyd was transferred to the U.S. Naval Base. Her original expectation was that the family would only be here for a couple of years and that we would spend summer vacations in Cuba. Well, "a couple of years" turned out to be 57 years.

Isabel was small in size but a force of nature and whirlwind of activity. She lived alone for 38 years after the death of her husband but she was never lonely. Her energy was channeled into the Key West Community of volunteer and service organizations and her church, The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea. She loved to dance and talk and talk and socialize. She had many different circles of friends of all ages, cultures and lifestyles. She received great joy from the people she befriended and that befriended her. Her volunteer and service work included: Red Cross Volunteer at the Naval Hospital; Key West Garden Club, past President and Lifetime Member; Original member of Red Shawl Ladies of the Chamber of Commerce greeting the cruise ships in the early days; active supporter of "A Day to Remember" Celebration since its inception in 1982; active in her Church as a member of the Catholic Daughters, volunteer work at Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen and volunteer at the Star of the Sea Outreach Mission. She was still active in the Catholic Daughters and the Star of the Sea Mission up until her death.

She loved Key West and her life here. She would visit her children and grandchildren in other cities but after one to two weeks she would want to return to the island. She remained active up until the last week of her life. She had just returned from Dallas for a week on Mother's Day where she enjoyed visiting two of her grandchildren and shopping for clothes, another favorite activity. She was planning her 89th birthday party with family in Bethesda, Maryland and in the two days preceding her stroke she attended a luncheon and drove a friend to the airport.

The funeral mass will be held at The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea on Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Isabel had requested donations to the Catholic charities; Star of the Sea Outreach Mission and Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen. A Celebration of Life service and reception will be planned for the first week in August. More information will be forthcoming closer to the date.