CONSTANCE LYNN MALLORY THORPE was born April 11, 1944 in Long Branch, New Jersey. She was the third child of William Mallory and Constance Hurley Mallory. She passed away on August 8, 2018 in the presence of her sons Erick and Eugene Thorpe and her youngest sister Brenda N. Mallory.
Constance, Lynnie to her family and friends, was raised in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey and attended Middletown Township Public Schools. From there she matriculated to her beloved alma mater, Hampton Institute, in 1961. While attending Hampton, she met the man who became the love of her life, Edward, one day after church. The relationship that started that day culminated in marriage in 1965, a union that lasted over fifty-one years. From that union were born two sons, Edward Eugene Thorpe Jr. and Erick Emery Thorpe.
Constance received her Bachelor's Degree in 1965 and upon graduating from Hampton, Edward and Constance spent two years in Germany, returning to New Jersey where they started their first business in tax preparation.
They would eventually relocate to Silver Spring, Maryland where Constance worked as a secretary for several years, until becoming a teacher's assistant at Woodlin Elementary School.
Still indulging their entrepreneurial spirit, in 1982 they opened Edward E. Thorpe and Company, which featured specialty contracting and construction in public housing. Constance was the Chief Financial Officer for over thirty years.
Constance was quite the movie buff. She could recite the lines from every James Bond movie ever made and was a huge fan of nearly everything ever aired on the Turner Classic Movie channel. The kitchen was her favorite spot; she was an expert baker; her pound cake and brownies were family favorites, and she was an excellent sous chef to her husband, who also had a passion for cooking. She was also an avid reader. There was always a book or two nearby. She also loved doing ceramics and was a passionate bowler. She was a Patron of the Arts, supporting both her sons' artistic endeavors.
Constance was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-one years, Edward E. Thorpe, Sr., her parents William and Constance Mallory and her brother, Errol H. Mallo ry. Left to lovingly cherish her memory are her two sons, Edward E. Thorpe Jr (Adrienne) of Silver Spring, MD and Erick E. Thorpe (Shirleen) of Pasadena, CA; four granddaughters, Kyndall M. Thorpe, Kasey A. Thorpe, Karyn C. Thorpe all of Silver Spring, MD and Lydia M. Thorpe of Pasadena, CA; sisters Sandra M. Riddle of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, Carole A. Berry of Lakewood, New Jersey and Brenda N. Mallory of Silver Spring, MD.