Betty M. Thorne


Betty M. Thorne 96, passed away peacefully, on Friday October 1, 2021 at the Home of the Good Shepherd. She was born on March 31, 1925 to Joseph and Marvella Muskett in Abescon, NJ. Betty was the Class of 1943 Valedictorian of Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, NJ.

Betty worked for J. J. Newberry’s Department Store as a window designer and assistant to the manager, where she met the love of her life and husband of fifty years, Alvin Thorne, Sr. Newberry’s transferred them to Ballston Spa, where they started a family and made it their forever home. Betty and Alvin also owned and operated the Front St. Variety Store in Ballston Spa.

Betty was a lifetime member of the Malta Ambulance Corp, the Eastern Star and the Order of the Amaranth. She was a prayerful woman and faithful member of the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church. She was an active committee member at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Malta. Her happiest moments were the times she spent with her family. Her grandchildren loved to tease her and she would always call them “you freshest kid!” Betty always helped them prank her daughter Patricia whenever possible.

She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Marvella, her husband Alvin Thorne, Sr., sons Joseph, Edward and Adolphus “Dolph” Thorne, and her brother William Muskett. Betty is survived by her children Alvin Thorne, Jr. (Meta), Betty Ortega (Christopher), William Thorne (Marie), Timothy Thorne (Sheila), and Patricia McLain (Gary); daughter in law Faith Thorne; brother Thomas Muskett; 16 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, October 6 from 10am to Noon at Malta Ridge United Methodist Church. A service will be held at Noon. Burial will follow in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Betty may be made to the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Avenue, Malta, NY 12020 or Hope Soars, 1410 Maple Hill Road, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033, or JDRF Northeastern NY, 950 Loudon Road #330, Latham, NY 12110. The family would like to thank Dr. Roland Phillips and Dr. Stephen Grant for their care and compassion.

Guest Book

Claudia DuBois Smith

Betty was such a sweet person. When we met at Dr Grants, or anywhere else she told them I use to babysit for her kids. There was always a hug when we met. She was such a great person and I will miss her. I am so sorry to hear of her loss.

Rockne Foss

I do so remember Mrs Thorne looking into the garage and saying “Oh My, now I have to call your parents”. “You naughty boys”. Well Billy had the measles was under quarantine and we all decided play in the garage. Yup we all got the measles. She handled that like the real pro that she was a great neighborhood mom. Always kind even when things went bad. In 2019 we visited her at the Good Shepherd and she was her beautiful self so full of piss and vinegar, joy and laughter. The world had lost a very significant person in my life. It goes unsaid that she will be missed by many family and friends.

Betty, Alvin, Billy, Timmy and Patty and all you have my condolences. You have always had a great mom. R

Jana Brown

So sorry for your loss! Friends of Betty from highpointe! May your family be blessed with great memories of your lived one!

Julie Zahradnik

I have so many wonderful memories of Mrs. Thorne, who was like a second mom to me during my college years. She will be missed. All my love to her wonderful family.

Joseph & Nancy Muskett & family....

Aunt Betty will be missed dearly by all that knew her. She was a beautiful & loving person that touched many hearts, and will be remembered for her kind, gentle spirit, and way of life....
Rest In Peace Aunt Betty
All our Love ,
Joe and Nancy Muskett & Family....

Theresa Cleary

So sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace.

John and Vicki Tucker

She will be missed. Keeping her in our prayers.

Mary Ellen Kelleher

Dear Samantha and John,

I am so very sorry to hear of your family's loss. May good memories sustain you and ease the pain of loss.

Mary Ellen

Lori Ortoleva-Agnew

My thoughts and prayers to the family at this time of sorrow. Knew Betty from Eastern Star and Amaranth. Also remember going into the store on Front St, when I was young. Always so nice - she will be missed. Sweet in our Memory.

Evelyn Larson

Mrs. Patty and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping you all in my prayers.

The Harblin Family

Brianna, Patty, Taylor, Gary, and Family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything you need.