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Marta Thorne, age 73

Marta M. Thorne, 73 of Wind Gap, Pa., formerly of Killington, Vt., died Jan. 22, 2017, at St. Lukes’s Hospital – Anderson Campus in Easton, Pa. Born Sept. 2, 1943, in Mare Island, Calif. She was the daughter of the late Howard Bankerd. Marta was the loving wife of Douglas A. Thorne for the past 23 years.
She was an executive assistant at the Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vt., for 5 years until retiring in 2009. Prior to that, she owned and operated the Free Spirit Children’s Center in Killington, Vt. for 7 years. She enjoyed contra and western style square dancing. She loved to snowshoe and cross-country ski, and was an avid downhill skier. She also loved the outdoors and was fortunate to have taken an extended trip to visit the National Parks and Alaska. She loved biking, kayaking, camping and gardening. She was a quilter, loved to cook, read and play  piano. She loved working in early childhood education and with special needs children. She was also a Boyds Bear consultant.
Surviving along with her husband are, daughters, Kimberly L. Krichten of East Berlin, Pa., Stephanie L. Harrison of Manchester, Ky., Teresa D. Griffith of Martinsburg, W. Va.; brother, Michael Bankerd of Damascus, Md., sister, Daphne Martin of Union Bridge, Md.; one grandson, Zachary Travis. A grandson, Donovan Travis and a brother, Timothy Bankerd, predeceased her. A service of remembrance was held in Nazareth, Pa.  Contributions to the Vermont Assoc. for the Blind and Visually Impaired and online condolences may be offered at schislerfuneralhomes.com.

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