Grace "Gay" Louise Torrey, 79, wife of Robert W. Torrey, Captain, USMC, retired, of Beaufort, S.C., went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, with a Rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home. A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in St. Peter's Catholic Church, with interment in Beaufort National Cemetery.
Mrs. Torrey was born on Sept. 9, 1933, in Key West, Fla. She is the daughter of the late Alfred Barroso and Louise Soldano Barroso. She was preceded in death by her brother, Barry Barroso.
While stationed in Key West, Mr. Torrey attended a parade where he caught his first glimpse of the reigning USS Miss Gilmore. At that moment in time, he nudged a fellow Marine and said, "I'm gonna marry that girl!" True to his word, Mr. Torrey married "the most beautiful woman in the world" on Oct. 10, 1953, in Key West.
Mrs. Torrey was a Eucharistic minister and long-standing member of Saint Peter's Catholic Church, where she volunteered her time and services unconditionally.
Along with her love and devotion to Christ and the Church, she was also an accomplished artist. Mrs. Torrey loved painting so much that even with all her responsibilities of raising nine children, she found time to pursue her passion.
Surviving, in addition to her husband Robert, are her children, Michael Anthony Torrey (Marian), Gregory Lee Torrey (Sonnie), Andrew James Torrey (Kimberly), Peter David Torrey, Christopher Paul Torrey (Jan), Dawn Marie Cavegn (Daniel), Melanie Ann Weitzel (Ron), Robert Patrick Torrey (Andrea) and John Phillip Torrey (Angie); her sister Vita Hope (Lee) and brother Jauquin "Tony" Barroso (Sue); 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Franciscan Center, P.O. Box 682, St. Helena Island, SC 29920.
Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.