Obituary: Katurah Mesimer “Tillie” Torres 

Katurah Mesimer “Tillie” Torres

Katurah Mesimer “Tillie” Torres of Exeter, Calif. passed away on Oct. 20, 2019 in Visalia, Calif. at the age of 80. She was born in Salisbury, N.C. on May 30, 1939 to Virgil and Myrtis Mesimer.

Tillie met the love of her life, Alex Louis Torres, during her service in the U.S. Air Force. They married on March 8, 1958 and spent the next 25 years living in Guam, Germany, Minnesota and many other places during Alex’s Air Force career. In 1974, they settled in Alex’s hometown of Exeter where they raised their three children, Alex Jr., Steven and Cheryl and were inseparable until his passing in 2006.   

Tillie was active in her community, working as a librarian for Exeter Public Schools for 25 years before retiring in 2001. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and “SOUL Sisters,” a group of single, outrageous and unique ladies (S.O.U.L.) who were widowed, divorced, or unmarried. She loved to travel, sew and get lost in a book.

Tillie will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She is survived by her son, Alex (Toni) Torres Jr., of Corona; her daughter Cheryl (Ray) Fisher of Visalia; and grandchildren Alexandria, Megan, Isabelle and Mitchell. She is preceded in death by her husband Alex and son Steven.

A very special thank you to Wendy and Debby for their care, allowing her to enjoy her life at home for as long as possible. We are also so grateful for the countless caring staff members at TLC Assisted Living.

A Celebration of Life service will be at held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at Smith Family Chapel, 505 E. Pine St. in Exeter. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tillie Torres may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, The American Legion or the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Arrangements are by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Online condolences may be made online at

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