Mary Elizabeth Torrance
September 12, 1929  -  April 3, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Torrance

Webb & Rodrick Chapel
306 W. Main
Independence, KS  67301
Friday, April 6, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Celebration of Life
Mount Hope Cemetery
Independence, KS  67301
Saturday, April 7, 2018
11:00 am

Mount Hope Cemetery
Independence, KS  67301

VFW Post 1186 Auxiliary
113 E Myrtle St
Independence, KS  67301

First United Methodist Church
200 S. Penn
Independence, KS  67301

Mary Elizabeth Torrance, 88, of Independence passed on April 3rd at Eagle Estates surrounded by family.
A celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Mount Hope Cemetery, with burial to follow. Visitation will be Friday, April 6th, at Webb & Roderick Funeral Home with the family greeting friends from 5:00 – 7:00. Memorials are suggested to VFW Post 1186 Auxiliary or to First United Methodist Church in Independence.
Mary was born to Harry Milton Pittman and Edna Faye Newmaster Pittman on September 12, 1929 in Independence, Kansas. She graduated from Independence High School in 1947 and continued her education at Independence Community Junior College. While attending ICJC she met Paul Torrance at a dance after a basketball game.
Mary was united in marriage to Paul Torrance on October 22, 1950. They made their home in rural Independence. Paul and Mary had four daughters, Georgianna, Sandy, Kathy and Lisa. Mary would remain at home to care for her daughters until they were all in school.
Mary began working first as a bus driver so she would still be at home with the girls when they were out of school. Later she began working at City Publishing, and then at Union Gas/United Cities/Atmos Energy. She retired from Atmos after 30 years, but continued as a part time bookkeeper for Young’s True Value Hardware.
Mary was involved as a 4-H leader when the girls were young and also helped with PTA. She was a past member of Women for Independence and Epsilon Sigma Alpha Beta Rho Chapter. She had been a past member of Grace Memorial United Methodist Church, and became a member of First United Methodist Church in 2017. Mary was a proud life member of VFW Post 1186 Auxiliary.
Mary loved life on the farm, and especially enjoyed watching the cattle out in her pasture. Paul and Mary raised cattle, sheep and occasionally goats and pigs. She loved her dogs dearly, especially her last dog Angel. Mary had many fond memories of traveling to Paul’s Steamer Bay Navy reunions across the country, and met many dear friends. She loved it when they got to travel to Hawaii for the reunions. They also loved Independence Community College sports, especially basketball. They traveled all over the area watching the Pirates play. The Torrance home was always open for any student athletes for meals especially at the holidays. They were known to take in Pirate Basketball players when they needed a place to live. Mary was an avid reader, who always needed to have a few extra books around so when she finished one she could begin immediately on the next.
Mary is survived by her brother William (Bill) Pittman of Tulsa, daughters Georgianna Epps of Independence, Sandy (John) Burkhart of Dearing, Kathy (David) Shepard of Independence, and Lisa (Ron) Goins of Independence. She has seven grand children and six great grandkids.
Arrangements by Webb & Rodrick Chapel. To leave an online condolence for the family please visit


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  1. Kolette (Kenoly) Gunter
    Smyrna, TN

    My prayers are with the family and I have TONS of wonderful memories of Mrs T and our trips with the basketball teams and our outings! She will be dearly missed a wonderful person!! Lifting you all up in my prayers!!

  2. Randy Nichols
    Dearing, KS

    Mary was such a wonderful person. My prayers go out to her family and friends.

  3. Marcy Kersey
    Webb City, MO

    My love to all the family and know that I will always remember the kindness the Torrance Family has shown to me and my family. Love you all very much.

  4. Linda Martinez Morris
    Independence, KS

    Kathy and Family,
    I'm so very sorry learn of your mother's passing. Prayers for all you.
    Linda Morris

  5. Peggy and John Medsker
    Independence, KS

    So sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers.

  6. Vern and Teresa Strecker
    Independence, KS

    Sorry for your loss. Please accept our sympathy

  7. Melody Watson
    Independence, KS

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    David & Melody Watson

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  9. Kathleen Worthington
    Independence, KS

    I was so very sorry to hear this news. I always smile when I think of Paul and Mary.

  10. Debbie Mavers
    Independence, KS

    I am so sorry for your loss!

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  12. Don and Tammie Doub
    independence, KS

    So very sorry for your loss, our prayers are with all of the family.

  13. Candy Obermier
    Searcy, AR

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort during this difficult time.

  14. Lacy King
    Independence, KS

    My grandmother and I are so very sorry for the loss of Mary. My grandma often shared with me the friendship that she and my grandfather had with both Mary and Paul, they seem to have been great friends throughout the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you celebrate her life. Lacy King & Phyllis Maugans

  15. Lauri Zimmerman
    Independence, KS

    So very sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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