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Louise I. Torrance

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 23rd, 2013

Sept. 19, 1922-Jan. 20, 2013

TORRINGTON – Funeral services for Louise I. Torrance, 90, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Ken Doolin officiating. Burial will be Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at the Little Big Horn National Cemetery near Hardin, Mont.

Louise died at her home Jan. 20, 2013. Memorials may be made to either the Valley Christian School or the Yellowstone Ranch Foundation. Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and briefly prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home, and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.

Louise was born Sept. 19, 1922 in Valentine, Neb., the daughter of Gilbert and Anna (Fisher) Redifer. She moved at an early age with her parents from Nebraska to a ranch south of Van Tassell, attending several county schools and completing high school in Torrington.

She met this handsome cowboy by the name of Vern Torrance at a dance in Jay Em. They were married in 1942. Vern and Louise worked a ranch in the Van Tassell area, where their three children were born.

They moved their family to Crow Agency, Mont. in 1958, where he worked for the Padlock Ranch and she worked as a cook in summer for the cowboys out on the range. During their time in Crow Agency, Louise was the happiest riding with her family out in the hills of southern Montana. After Vern’s death in 1974, she stayed in the Crow Agency area for six more years, working in cafes and as a homemaker. Louise moved to Torrington in 1980 to be close to her aging parents and continued to work as a homemaker; she developed a large client base.

Louise was an artist, a story writer, poet and an avid self-biographer. She was an active member of Bethel Baptist Church, Bethel’s Stitch-n-Chatter lady’s group, Jolly Juniors and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a strong supporter of the Valley Christian School in Torrington and the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch in Billings, Mont. For years, she could be seen walking her dog around her neighborhood, picking up cans in which she used the money to support those in the mission fields.

Louise is survived by her daughter, Wanda Pond of Sturgis, S.D.; her son, Monty Torrance of Reno, Nev.; a nephew, Dennis Redifer of Arizona; a niece Marcea of Arizona; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Vern Torrance; a brother, Don Redifer; a son, Alan Torrance; and a granddaughter, Karen Condo.

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