November 2, 2023


René Denise Torrence entered the world on November 8, 1951, and thus began an incredible, adventure-filled life. In her youth, René was called a “tomboy,” a “bit different,” and “left of center.” She was all those things and much, much more.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, René and her younger sister, Nannette, lived two of their elementary years in Philadelphia. When they returned to Indianapolis, René went on to graduate from Broad Ripple High School. As an adult, René later moved to Texas and continued her education at Dallas College.

René chose her own path. She loved dancing, jazz, old Western movies, and good books. René enjoyed sharing those passions with people she loved, and they loved her for it.

René was an animal-lover who always had pets, often saying on social media, “I’m a happy person. Puppies and kittens make me smile.” She volunteered at Gabby’s Sanctuary Ark, an animal shelter in Dallas. She fulfilled her life-long love of animals at the shelter which included horses and a pig that she called Stella. Professionally she worked throughout her life in the medical field, focused on cardiac care. She retired from Methodist Dallas Medical Center in 2013. René later returned home to live in Indianapolis.

René married Carl “Bobby” W. Torrence, Sr., in 1972, and together they had two wonderful children: Nena M. Torrence and Carl W. Torrence II.  They blessed her with four grandchildren, who affectionately referred to her as, “Grand Mommy”.

Throughout her life, René had a strong faith in God. She was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness in 2019. Prior to her death, she became a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Heather Hills Congregation in Indianapolis.

René passed away peacefully with family by her side six days before her 72nd birthday. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marjorie N. Dabney-Richardson and Alfred Preston                  Richardson; brother, James A. Smith, and daughter, Nena M. Torrence.

She leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Nannette Anderson (Phillip); son, Carl W. Torrence, II (Amber); granddaughter, Ahnna Manning; grandsons, Carl W. Torrence, III, Coby W. Torrence and Cory W. Torrence; nieces, Dionna Allison (Brian) and Nicole Smith; nephew, Christopher Radford; great nieces, Brittany Fox, Brishaya Young, Ryann Allison and Amira Radford; several blended family nieces and nephews; three great-grand nieces and one great-grandnephew, as well as a large host of extended family and dear friends that all loved her dearly.


Humbly Submitted.……………..The Family


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November 25, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
First Baptist Church North- Indianapolis
880 West 28th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Celebration of Life
November 25, 2023

1:00 PM
First Baptist Church North- Indianapolis
880 West 28th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208


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