Alice Torian

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Alice Lynn Davis Torian, 57, of Waco, graduated to her heavenly home on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. A Celebration of Life Service in her honor will be held at 1pm, Saturday, December 21, at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, Waco, 76708. Family will receive guests for visitation from 6-8pm, Friday, December 20, also at the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Alice was born October 2, 1956 to LeRoy "Bud" & Dorothy Francis (Miller) Davis in Rome, NY. She moved to Austin in 1973, where she met the love of her life, Gary Lamar Torian, while working in a nursing home. They were married on September 20, 1975, in Austin. Together, they raised three beautiful children. Alice worked as an LVN until medical conditions forced her to retire early, however, she still had a full time job as a preacher’s wife. She "broke the mold" when it came to being the preacher’s wife, and was very involved and active in church life at several Methodist Churches, most recently Lake Shore United Methodist Church of Waco.

Alice loved spending time making memories with her children and grandchildren. Her favorites included laughing, singing, and playing games with the family. Alice was a sweet spirit who cared for others above herself. Above all, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, and will be greatly missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Sandy Davis.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Rev. Gary Torian; son Chappell Torian of Houston; two daughters, Dena and husband, Tim Pinkston, of Brownwood, and Shriena and husband, John Ghazzagh, of Waco; three precious grandchildren, Luke Pinkston, Nathan Smith, and Eliana Ghazzagh; two sisters, Dee and husband, Joe Szewczyk, of Lamont, OK, and Tena Jones of Florence, NY; as well as many beloved friends.

Memorial donations in honor of Alice can be made to Lake Shore United Methodist Church of Waco,, or to The Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue thru

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this time. Alice is now among the angels watching over you.

  2. Barbara & Ken Gifford

    Dear Gary and Family, We were so very sorry to hear of Alice’s passing. She was such a sweet and special friend who will be missed by so many people. My heart and prayers go out to you at this time. My own mother passed away on December 18 so I feel your pain and sorrow. May God wrap His arms of comfort around you tomorrow and the days to follow. Sending prayers of peace for all of you. May God Bless You

  3. Barbara C. Howard

    What a joy to have known Alice and to have been a part of the CTC conference "Spouses" organization. I thank God for the times we shared so much for such a great person and for her witness in every way. May God bless each family member of whom she loved and adored – ya’ll makes her smile!

  4. Brenda and Ronnie Henderson

    Our prayers and love to Dena and Tim and all of the family.

  5. Alice was a precious lady and will be greatly missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  6. charlotte devereaux

    I am so sorry to read of your loss..You have my deepest sympathy and prayers. Christ himself said:

  7. charlotte devereaux

    I am so sorry to read of your loss. Just think of the happy prospect that the promise of the resurrection hope has for those who are asleep in death. To be able to see them again here on earth, is a wonderful thing that is going to happen. So very soon Jehovah God has promised to do away with death. Ps. 37:29.

  8. Connie Mac and Jean Gibbs, Winters

    Gary and family,
    Please know that you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Alice was a very sweet-spirited lady and God’s good and faithful servant. We are better people for having known her. May your precious memories and thoughts and love of friends be a comfort to you at this difficult time. In Christ’s love.

  9. Shirena & John, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Your family are in my prayers.

    Debra Kelinske

  10. James, Cindy, Camren, & Carter

    Love & prayers for your sweet family!

  11. Jennifer McIlhaney

    My thoughts and prayers to this family. I just met Alice a couple of weeks ago and I am so blessed that I had the chance to meet such a wonderful, sweet, loving lady. She taught me so much in the little time I knew her and for that I am grateful. She reminded me of my mom so much! Heaven received a beautiful angel that I will never forget! Thank u Alice for everything we shared!

  12. Jesse and Elena Chavez

    We are so sorry for your lost, but we know that she is with the Lord.

  13. Jim & Marilyn Goodson

    Our love, thoughts and prayers to each of you. She will never be forgotten.

  14. Joe & Debbie Bagley

    Gary and family, so sorry to hear about your loss Alice was one of a kind lots of laughs will be missed by all. If there is anything we can do please call. May God keep you and support you in your time of grief and sudden loss.

  15. LaVelle & James Haynes

    May the huge void in your hearts be filled with sweet memories of Alice-a remarkable woman!

  16. Lindsay Westmoreland

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God heal your pain.

  17. Shriena,
    We are so sadden to hear the news of your mom! We know how special she was because of you and what a wonderful person you are!
    We are all thinking & praying for you & your family.
    Much Love!

  18. It was very sweet to watch Alice conduct the children’s church in Olney, and to see their faces light up when she would reach into her bag and give them a surprise.
    I would like to extend my sympathy to the Torian family and to say I am praying for God’s peace for all of you.

  19. Mr & Mrs R Gonzalez
  20. Nova & Greg Johnson

    Alice: You are with God, Jesus and the angels. Gary and family-you have my love, prayers and thoughts. Alice, Gary, and the girls served on the Walk to Emmaus in 2000 with me. Gary was the Spiritual Director, Alice was part of the music, Dena was a servant and sweet Shriena was at my table of Naomi. I was the Table Leader. Take care. May God grant you all peace, love, comfort and strength. Hugs to all!

  21. Dear Torian Family: I was deeply grieved to hear of your loss. Alice was a wonderful friend who always did more than was expected of her. I will always remember her pleasant ways and how she made me feel like family. To Gary and family I send my deep sympathy. If there is anything I can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

  22. Philip L Shuler, Pastor

    The St Paul UMC (Temple) and Holland First UMC congegations were shocked and saddened by Alice’s sudden death. Many prayers are being offered for the entire Torian family and for her impact on all of our lives.

  23. My prayers go out to the family of our Pastor. Many prayers to the Lakeshore family. Ms. Torian was always happy, willing to do and full of kind words. Truly Heaven sent!

    Blessings to the family.

  24. Just feeling for you and the family today Gary…I know Alice was a sweet woman who will be missed…Ya’ll are in my prayers

  25. Sabra (Pendleton) Reed

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  26. Pastor Torian & family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Alice. Such a sad loss for your family, I know she will be missed very much. I pray that you all feel God’s love wrapped around you as you face this difficult time.

  27. Shriena, I am so sorry about your loss. You are clearly a reflection of a great Mom, and I have no doubt she was deeply proud of you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Suzanne F.

  28. We were so sorry to hear of Alice’s untimely passing. My prayers and deepest sympathy to all of the family. My regrets on being unable to attend the service. We are in Lufkin for Christmas with family. God Bless all of you.

  29. Dear Pastor Gary,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Alice was a sweet spirited woman who always seemed to bubble over with joy. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,

  30. My thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Gary and all the family. Alice will be missed.

  31. Alice was full of energy even when I know she wasn’t feeling well. She was an inspiration to me and I will always remember her and Gary for their support of our youth group. So many will miss her but I definately know she is totally healthy and happy
    with Jesus.

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