Rena May Thorndike, 86, of Scarborough passed away Aug. 15, 2011 at Mercy Hospital in Portland.

Rena was born Jan. 29, 1925 in Millinocket, a daughter of William T. and Jenny (Knowles) Thorndike. She graduated from Stearns High School in Millinocket and later received her Master’s in Education from the University of Maine.

Like her brother and sister, Rena served her country during World War II. She was a medic in the U.S. Navy and later was honorably discharged at the rank of Pharmacist Mate 1st Class. Rena recently received a silver coin in June commemorating her service in World War II.

Ms. Thorndike went on to make her teaching her career. She loved teaching and would often participate in various camps during summers. She retired after having taught at Scarborough High School and later for many years at Thornton Academy in Saco.

Rena was an active member of the Blue Point Congregational Church in Scarborough. When she was able, she enjoyed singing in the choir and participating in other church activities. She also owned a cottage in Belfast.

Her brother William K. Thorndike and her sister Jane T. Atkinson predecease her.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephew, cousins, and other close relatives and friends who all love and miss her.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road in Scarborough with a reception to follow.

Memorial donations in Rena’s memory may be made to ASPCA, 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128. Online condolences may be shared at: Interment will be at a later date at the Millinocket Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME.