Amy Thorne

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April 6, 1973 - July 6, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Amy Thorne (nee Wills) of St. Charles, MO, died on Saturday, July 6 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 46.

Amy was born April 6, 1973 in St. Louis, MO to beloved parents Danny Wills and Gayle Wills (nee Crismon) of Arnold, MO. Loving wife of Christopher Thorne; adoring mother of twin daughters Autumn & Summer; beloved sister of Christopher (Julie) Wills of House Springs, MO; cherished aunt of Jenna, Joslyn (Luke), James, Jesse, and William; great aunt of Jack; beloved friend of Patti Miller. Amy is also survived by other relatives and many dear friends.

Amy grew up in Arnold, Missouri. She also spent many years in Orlando, Florida where her children were born. Amy had a heart for teaching children. She taught in elementary and preschool classrooms for many years and touched many lives; she especially loved teaching reading. She loved the simple things, like flowers and trees, and spending time with her family and pet dog, Peppa. Amy also had a heart for service—volunteering with homeless ministries in Orlando, tutoring refugee children in St. Louis, doing mission work in Haiti, and more.

She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. We treasure our memories, and rest in the knowledge that she is with Jesus.

The family has requested a contribution in Amy’s honor be made to: Word on the Street (WOTS) Homeless Ministries to help the homeless in the Orlando area, or Oasis International Ministries to help refugee families in the St. Louis area. These were both organizations that Amy supported.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Julie Wolfslau July 11, 2019 at 6:53 am - Reply

    candle 7I am so sorry for your loss. I taught with Amy at preschool for a year. She truly answered her calling by teaching. I loved teaching with her and watching her do what she loved.
    She loved her girls so much. My heart aches for them. I lost my mom 7 weeks ago so I can empathize with what they feel. I hope they can find comfort in their memories of their Mom. You all were her whole world.
    Amy will be missed by many. Her mark on this world will never be forgotten. Please take comfort that she is in the loving arms of her creator watching over you.
    I will keep you all in my prayers.

    • Christopher Thorne August 6, 2019 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Julie, thank you for your prayers. She did so love teaching those little preschoolers. I’m sorry to hear about your mother. Death is a thief, robbing us of those we love. We have Hope in Jesus, but it still doesn’t make it easy.

  2. Grisel & Bonny Lacourt July 11, 2019 at 8:12 am - Reply

    candle 5We met and did not share for a long time but it was enough to get to love you all. Now you are in the presence of our Lord and Saviour and we know that one day we will say Hi again. God bless the Family in this difgicult moment. Grisel & Bonny Lacourt . Xionella and Kamilah Lacourt.

    • Christopher Thorne August 6, 2019 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you; your family will always hold a special place in our hearts. Orlando was our second home, and we cherish the memories from our time there.

  3. Angel Steffey July 11, 2019 at 9:48 am - Reply

    candle 2I am so grateful that our families crossed paths even if for a short time. I look back with fondness on the times we spent doing life together in Orlando. Amy & I kept in touch. She was a true Godly woman full of compassion, a devoted mother and wife. She always had a caring or encouraging word. She loved us well and we love her deeply. I look forward to celebrating with her in heaven and maybe share some Spanish food.

    • Christopher Thorne August 6, 2019 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Angel. Orlando was like our second home, and we cherish the memories from our time there. (And yes, surely there must be Mexican food in heaven!)

  4. Beverly Dauernheim July 11, 2019 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I taught with Amy at Good Shepherd in Hillsboro. She was a dear, sweet person. I am so sorry to hear of her death at such a young age. May your memories of her give you comfort.

    • Christopher Thorne August 6, 2019 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Bev. She enjoyed her time teaching at Good Shepherd, working with good staff and students. God bless you.

  5. Bob July 11, 2019 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Amy was my daughters kindergarten teacher at Good Shepherd in Hillsboro . Was I believe her first year of teaching . She was such a good person . The perfect teacher for kindergarten. Prayers for her family

    • Christopher Thorne August 6, 2019 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Bob. She did love teaching and her time at Good Shepherd. Thank you for your prayers, and blessings to your family.

  6. Christy (Osterdahl) July 11, 2019 at 11:21 am - Reply

    candle 1Amy was such a loving woman of Christ. She was a welcomed new friend when we moved to Orlando. I cried when they moved because I knew i would miss her so much. Prayers for her family.

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Christy. Blessings to you and your family.

  7. Ed Klatt July 11, 2019 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    My heart aches for you and the girls. May the lord provide you with comfort in this time of sorrow.
    If I can be of any assistance please reach out.

    I never had the honor of meeting Amy but your many stories and loving references to her made me feel I knew an angel thru you.

    Stay strong in love and faith

    Your brother in Christ – Ed

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Ed. I appreciate the support. I wish you could have met her.
      Best wishes to you and your family in TX.

  8. Joe Marsh July 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply


    My heart hurts for you and your family. Just know that you and your family are in our prayers.

    Joe Marsh – ITI

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Joe. We appreciate the prayers.

  9. Steffani Irvin July 11, 2019 at 12:18 pm - Reply


    My family’s heart and prayers are with you and your family. Our condolences.

    Steffani and Cy – ITI

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Steffani. We appreciate the support.

  10. DeAnna Wright-Coffman July 11, 2019 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    candle 1As I write this I’m still in shock that this precious soul is no longer with us! Christopher, I pray for peace, healing and strength in the days to come for you, the girls and the rest of Amy’s loved ones. She was a genuine woman of faith and integrity that I admired deeply. I will cherish the memories of our family get togethers and private talks with her. I truly hope you can find comfort in knowing she is with Jesus our savior! Please reach out if we can be of support to you, Summer and Autumn. I would be honored to be a part of their lives as they will need many women to love on them as they navigate their childhood and teen years. I imagine Amy would be hugging us all right now if she could to comfort those mourning her loss letting us know she is at peace in the arms of Jesus without pain or suffering and only love surrounding her.

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you, DeAnna. We appreciate the support, and your friendship with her – and with all of us.

  11. Valerie Finnegan July 11, 2019 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    candle 8What a beautiful gift she was to her family and all those whose lives she touched. God was glorified in her life! She has left an example for us all to follow, love God and love others as ourselves.
    A legacy of love that never dies.

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Valerie. She left her mark, and will be missed.

  12. Steve Gray July 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Christopher. I know that there are no words at this time. But know this, that you and your sweet girls are in our and many other’s prayers.

    Steve Gray – ITI

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Steve. We appreciate the prayers.

  13. Michelle Mitchem July 11, 2019 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    candle 1You were a bright light in so many lives, one of the sweetest people I have ever known and will always treasure all the memories of our fun times, you will be missed my sweet friend and forever in our hearts ❤️

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Michelle, thank you for your friendship with Amy over the years. Blessings to you and your family.

  14. Rachelle Bell Godi July 12, 2019 at 8:42 am - Reply

    candle 2I went to high school with Amy and I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. She was truly an amazing sweet woman.
    Though we didn’t remain in contact, I know she touched many lives in a beautiful way. God bless and our sincere condolences.

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Rachelle. She will be missed for sure.

  15. Linnie Plunk July 12, 2019 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Seemingly gone too soon to her Heavenly home. I’ve learned in life that God knows best and He numbered our days before our birth. I can’t imagine losing my child so I’ll just wrap you all up in a blanket of hugs and prayers. Blessings

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Linnie.

  16. Deborah L Dankel July 12, 2019 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I will always remember the little 3 year old girl on her tricycle 1976. Amy’s family moved to the neighborhood the same month my husband and I did. We could never have asked for more wonderful neighbors. So very sorry for the family’s and Amy’s family’s loss.

    • Christopher Thorne August 7, 2019 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Oh, what a sweet memory. Thank you, Deborah. She always said she had the best neighbors growing up.

  17. Tammy Zimmerly July 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    We were so blessed to have had Amy, Summer and Autumn as a part of our American Heritage Girls family before they moved to St. Charles. Our hearts and prayers go out to your whole family during this very difficult time. God Bless you all. AHG Troop MO3469

  18. Suzan & anson July 12, 2019 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I met Amy only through our precious, mutual friend, Patti Miller. She’d asked my husband and I to pray for Amy and her family. We added her and her family to our church’s prayer list (Patti’s Titusville, FL church). I vividly remember when Patti posted about their adoption of Autumn & Summer!
    As a native of Springfield, MO, I took special times to remember to pray for Amy. When Patti updated Amy’s condition from serious to critical last week, my heart broke for your family. Loss is so very difficult that there seems to be no human words to fully express what we feel in our hearts. Just know that your Amy impacted our lives to again be thankful for each day we have with our family and friends.

  19. Caroline Risili July 13, 2019 at 9:31 am - Reply

    candle 1Praying for you all. During this time of mourning know that Christ is carrying you all through this. Much love and prayers,
    Caroline (Keeney) Risili and family

  20. Donna Thomas & Family July 13, 2019 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    candle 7After spending time with Amy, Tim would often complain that I would reach out more often to touch his arm in a different way. It made me wonder. Amy often reached out to touch an arm with a special look on her face. It was usually as she was sharing a story and was seeking agreement or a “Girl, I know exactly what you mean.” In reaching out to touch my arm, she touched my heart, so many times. When my husband and I were having our first weekend away in 13 years, Amy left a surprise gift on our front porch. It was the “Hamilton” soundtrack. She loved it and wanted us to share it during our drive. That was one of the most thoughtful, selfless things anyone has done for me. I will treasure that memory among many! I will treasure her friendship, her spirit, her legacy of love!!!

  21. lisa wilkinson (Haynes) July 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers for the family. She was such a sweet girl i went to elementary school woth her was just talking about her a few days ago so wosh we would have kept in touch.

  22. Tori Aubuchon July 15, 2019 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Mrs. Thorne was my third grade teacher back in 2000-2001 at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Hillsboro. I’m so incredibly sad to hear of her passing and I know, in reminiscing with my classmates since hearing of the news, they are too. Some of the wonderful memories I have of Mrs. Thorne are as follows:
    1. When her husband went to Japan (for business I think?) he brought back Japanese Pokémon cards and neat fun candies for all of us (I still have mine)! Every time I see Pokémon cards I think of Mrs. Thorne.
    2. She also, at that same time, introduced our class to sushi! She told us that it’s custom to pop the entire sushi in your mouth. Let’s just say there were several third graders at the trash cans spitting out sushi lol. But I love sushi to this day!
    3. She had us try coconut milk too! We remember her trying to crack open the coconut with a hammer on the tile floor! I think eventually somehow she got it open for us to try.
    4. I lastly remember learning my multiplication tables with her. We would have class races and I remember her always being extremely encouraging even if we didn’t do our homework of practicing on our own at home.

    Again, I’m so sorry for the loss of Mrs. Amy Thorne. Her and her family will always be in my prayers. I’m extremely blessed and grateful to have had her as a teacher. She is one of the many wonderful influencing teachers I had in my life that led me to pursue a teaching career. I am forever grateful!

    • Christopher Thorne August 6, 2019 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing such wonderful memories! It means the world to hear that she left such a lasting impression. This made me smile – even laugh – picturing her in these fun moments with her class. She enjoyed her time at Good Shepherd. God bless you.

  23. Poonam Sidhu July 18, 2019 at 10:14 am - Reply

    candle 8Christopher, I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you and your family peace and the strength to carry on with loving memories in the heart.

    • Christopher Thorne August 6, 2019 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Poonam.

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