Joanne Marjorie (Thies) Torrance
died December 10, 2013, on her 85th birthday. Joanne was born December 10, 1928 in Seattle, and lived here all her life. She grew up in the Mount Baker neighborhood, attending Franklin High School and then the University of Washington where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She married Bill Torrance in 1951 and they raised their family in Laurelhurst, where they lived for 60 years.
Joanne was a loving wife and mother, tireless in support of her husband Bill and her sons, Bill and Andy. She was very proud of her sons, and told many that her greatest accomplishment was "raising boys." During the high school years, Joanne and Bill generously opened their home to Bill and Andy's friends, feeding them, occasionally loaning them a car, and always teaching them a thing or two.
Joanne was outgoing with a strong intellect and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. She was a voracious reader, following the events of the day while pursuing a lifelong study of history. She excelled at bridge, and her special bridge partners along with the challenge of the game brought her great joy. She was a thinker who loved a debate.
A steadfast Husky fan, Joanne, along with Bill and her family attended virtually every home game for nearly sixty years. In recent years, she was an active member of the Sunset Club and the Seattle Tennis Club.
Joanne is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William H. (Bill) Torrance. She is survived by her sons William P. (Pamela) and Andrew W. (Diane); her five grandchildren Jeffrey (Stacy), Kelly, Maggie, Andy and Natalie; sister Mary Moss of Spokane, brother Tom Thies of Hillsborough, New Jersey and their families.
Joanne was a loving, devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She was a lively spirit who loved to engage energetically with most everyone she encountered. We will miss her dearly.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Fitzharris, Dr. Claire Buchanan and Dr. Henry Kaplan for your splendid care and support. And our special thanks to Joanne's many friends at Swedish who provided wonderful care and comfort with good humor as our Mom bravely fought cancer.
Please join the family in celebrating Joanne's life at the Seattle Tennis Club (922 McGilvra Blvd. E. Seattle, WA 98112) on December 28, 2013 from 3-5pm.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 22, 2013