Henderson's Fraser Valley Funeral Home

34537 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC


Rejeanne Marie Therese Thorne

April 12, 1927November 19, 2019

Rejeanne Thorne (Lemieux), 92, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at MSA Manor in Abbotsford, B.C.

She will be greatly missed by her three children, Sharon Thorne (Pat), Glen Thorne (Lilly), and Mary-Anne Fish (Mike). She is survived by her two siblings, Roger and Laurent Lemieux. She is predeceased by one grandson and survived by eight other grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Rejeanne (Rae) was born and raised in Temiscaming Quebec, the daughter of Lauria and Annette Lemieux (Boucher), one of 6 siblings.

In her early years, Rae worked for Bell Canada as one of the only bilingual telephone operators in the early 1950’s. It was there in Toronto that she met her future husband, Philip Thorne (d. 1983). Jobs transfers and life led her and the family to North Bay, Thunder Bay and Ottawa. After her retirement she moved to Abbotsford, B.C.

She loved music and singing. Rae delighted in appearing with the Lakehead Choral Group in productions such as The Sound of Music, Mikado, Oklahoma and Brigadoon. Later in life she sang in church choirs in Ottawa and Abbotsford.

Rae, a fitness buff, became a Fitness Instructor and Manager of a number of Health Clubs in Ottawa. Her many clients loved her enthusiasm, as well as her commitment to them and their well-being.

Her many friends and relatives will miss her warm smile, abundant energy and spirit.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Ave, Abbotsford.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, the War Amps and/ or the Rick Hanson Foundation.


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Rejeanne Marie Therese Thorne

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Guy Jeanson

December 1, 2019

Rae.... You lived a long life surrounded by family and grandchildren. I am sure that you will be smiling proudly as Leanne sings beautiful songs in memory of you. Julie will be praying in your memory from Mount Kilimanjaro at this time... may the happy memories be remembered and rest in peace...

Kim Kasperski

November 29, 2019

I only met Rejeanne one time about 30 years ago. She was in Peterborough visiting her daughter, my dear friend, Sharon. I remember a very vivacious and lovely woman! She was so full of life and I know will be terribly missed by her family - my heart goes out to Sharon, Mary Anne, Glen and their families during this time of sorrow and sadness - Kia Kaha (stay strong).

Lorna Oleniuk (nee Mackay)

November 25, 2019

My sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. Rae was like an aunt to me growing up. I can remember eating watermelon on the big rock in front of her house, helping out in the kitchen, her beautiful Christmas trees and listening to my mom and her laugh and laugh! She came to many Sunday dinners at our house and almost all my birthday celebrations. She was such a kind, fun, wonderful person and she will be deeply missed. She will live on in all or wonderful memories we have of her. Sending love and light. Xox

Diane Holgate

November 24, 2019

Tante Peanut was a gem of a lady and will be greatly missed. She brought a smile to everyone she came in contact with. I had the pleasure of spending time with her on many of my trips to Ottawa and will cherish the memories fondly.
My deepest condolences to all her family. Sending hugs xoxo

eleanor lemieux

November 24, 2019

She will be missed. A great lady.

Elaine Lemieux Kirschenman

November 23, 2019

Matante’s cheerful personality and energy will never be forgotten.
My condolences to the family ❤️

Rory Mckay

November 23, 2019

Aunt Peanut exemplified the true meaning of "YOUNG AT HEART"
Her laugh was timeless! Rest in peace Auntie Peanut!

Robyn Lemieux

November 23, 2019

When I was young, I remember Tante Peanut always smelling so lovely and telling her so and then her one year buying me my very own L’Air du Temps fragrance set. She was always so beautifully put together, but not too put together to try tubing at the ripe old age of 60 . What a fun loving gal she was! As I became a young adult, I would often drive Tante Peanut to Tante Annette’s to celebrate birthdays and we would have the best chats. She was always so happy and energetic and on top of trending stories. Her zest for life and positive energy will stay with me forever. Rest In Peace Tante Peanut. Love you.


Annette Kennedy

November 22, 2019

I have many happy memories of Tante Peanut. What I will always remember his her wonderful, infectious laugh & her joie de vivre.