Torrie Ann West, 49, Minot, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in a Minot nursing home.
Torrie was born July 29, 1963, in Minot, the daughter of James T. and Karen (Peterson) West. She attended Nedrose and Sunnyside schools and graduated from Minot High School in 1981. At age 3, she began dancing lessons at the Virginia Maupin Dance Studio in Minot and following high school she taught dance in several communities around Minot. In addition to being a dance instructor, she was also a North Dakota Junior Miss Advisor.
Torrie began her employment with Pioneer Engraving in the early 1980s working her way to management and ownership of the business in 1987.
She married Brian Sturm in 1990. Throughout the years she supported many groups and organizations with awards and trophies recognizing individuals and teams for their accomplishments. Due to her health, she closed the business in 2011.
Torrie was involved in the community with attendance at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Brethren Church, Minot, and as a member of Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot. She was an active and founding member of the Magic City Optimist Club, which later merged with the Minot Optimist Club, for men and women, serving the club as a past president.
Torrie enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends. She was a volunteer at the Souris Valley Animal Shelter and was an advocate for the training of service dogs. Torrie also served on the Minot Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilites and was a recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award.
She will be missed by all who shared in her life.
Loving survivors include: Brian Sturm, Minot; father, James T. (Gloria) West, Minot; aunts, Joan (Arlo) Stevick and Merle Slade, both of Minot; many other uncles and cousins that include Brent (Alexis) Slade, Des Moines, Iowa, Amy (Chris) Ralph, Burlington, Jay (Becca) Slade, Grand Forks, and Suzie Stevick, Minot, and her companion/service dog Raymond.
Torrie was preceded in death by her mother, Karen West; her grandparents, Raymond and Mildred Peterson; and several aunts and uncles.
Celebration of Life service: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 10 a.m., in Our Redeemer's Lutheran Brethren Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research or to the Souris Valley Animal Shelter of Minot.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).