Linda Ann Thornton

MINOT – Linda Ann Thornton danced her way into eternity on May 11, 2022 after a short illness. She was born on Oct. 24, 1956 to George and Gabrielle Chiasson.
She grew up on Spring Street with her brother George and sister Pam, and throughout their lives they have maintained a close and unshakeable bond. Linda had fond memories of going camping with aunt Jackie and uncle Bernie and weekend family gatherings at Thomas Point Beach She attended Wallace, Jordan and Lewiston High School.

Linda worked at Lewiston Supply Co., Woodwork Interiors and Auburn Housing Authority before she found her true calling as a bartender. She developed quite a clientele, and her customers would follow her to whatever establishment she was working, because they all agreed Linda knew how to make a drink and would never tolerate rude or obnoxious behavior from anyone. Wherever she worked, she was the boss.

Linda raised her two oldest boys, Phil and Tim, as a single mother, and she was always grateful for the love and support she received from her mom and siblings during those challenging times.

In 1995, she moved to Minot with Bob Thornton and her two youngest boys, Jess and Erik. Linda was very creative and loved decorating her new home. She loved flowers, and could turn just about anything in a vase into an arrangement worthy of a Monet as wild and beautiful as she was. She also hand-painted ornaments, and the annual Christmas tree was a sight to behold, bearing her signature stamp of whimsy and artistry.

And she beamed with pride when Jess and Erik graduated from Dartmouth and Thomas, respectively.

Linda was also an awesome cook and, with apologies to Italian mammas everywhere, she made quite simply the best spaghetti sauce. Ever. She loved to entertain, and hosted dozens of parties in her lifetime. Very dear to her heart were the special family gatherings at the Thornton camp on Flying Point.

She leaves behind her devoted husband and best friend of 33 years, Bob Thornton of Minot; her beloved sons Phillip Chiasson of Lewiston, Jesse Mynahan and wife Devika of Mountain Lakes, N.J. and Erik Mynahan and fiancee Melissa Skolfield of Lewiston; brother George Chiasson and wife Donna of Freeport, sister Pam Hynes and husband Barry of Sarasota, Fla.; granddaughter Felicia Chiasson and great-granddaughter Payton of Litchfield; granddaughter Avni and grandsons Ravi, Arjun and Veer of Mountain Lakes, N.J., granddaughter Brinley of Lewiston; nephew Matthew Chiasson and wife Brooke of Turner, niece Amie Gray and husband Tim of Freeport, nieces Calli and Molly Murray of Westbrook; aunt Jackie and uncle Bernie Boucher and aunt Muriel Norton of Lewiston; half-sister Carol Keene and husband Bill, and stepsisters Gail Marquis and husband Frank and Lynn Lane and husband Tim.

She was predeceased by her parents and her son, Tim.

A special thank you and great respect for the staff on M4 at CMMC and Androscoggin Home Hospice for their thoughtful, compassionate and dedicated care for Linda.

Per her request, arrangements will be private.

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