Anne Taylor Bruce
12 April, 1930 – 1 August, 2019
Anne Taylor Bruce passed away peacefully on August 1, at the age of 89.
Memorial Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church of Arlington. Officiating, Rev. Steve Langford and Dr. Chris Hayes. The family will receive friends with a light lunch in the parlor at 11 a.m. To celebrate Anne’s love of fashion, please wear your colorful clothing to her service.
Memorials: First United Methodist Church of Arlington General Fund or the charity of your choice.
Anne was born April 12, 1930 in Colorado City, Texas to parents L.J. and Emma Taylor. She graduated from Colorado City High School in 1947 and married the love of her life, Daylon Bruce, on July 10, 1947. They started their married life in nearby Sweetwater, where Daylon began his 40+ year career with Texas Electric Service Co. Their only child, Rodger Daylon Bruce, was born in 1948. Anne worked various jobs in their early married life, but she most enjoyed working in the school reading program for underperforming students. She was PTA president at age 24, and never missed one of Rodger’s football or baseball games. Daylon and Anne were active members of Highland Heights Methodist Church in Sweetwater, teaching Sunday School and sponsoring the MYF. In 1969, they were transferred by TESCO to Arlington. After their move, they became members of First United Methodist Church of Arlington. They were devoted to their Adult Bible Sunday School class and made many lasting friends through their church activities.
Special thanks to her wonderful neighbors and friends who supported our family during her recent years; Conny Hubble, Kathy Clemens, Bill Cooper, Peggy Martin, and Erica Gallagos and her beautiful daughters. Anyone who knew Anne, knew she always wanted to look her best. She never missed her weekly hair appointment at Klemmy’s Salon. When Anne became too ill to go to the beauty shop, her friends and stylists, Quirsha and Effie, would come to her to fix her hair. We are so grateful to both of them. The family also would like to express their gratitude to her wonderful doctors, Gilbert Ledesma, Joseph Austin and Wayne Solley.
Anne was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Daylon.
Survivors: Son, Rodger Bruce and wife, Carla of Richardson; her precious granddaughter, Emily Bruce of Dallas; brother-in-law, Merlyn Bruce and wife, Lora of Houston; cousins, Diana Laws and husband Tic, Jan Powell and husband John; nieces, Debra Bruce and husband Jim Broughton and son Brandon Greene, Charla Bruce, Helen Ireland and son Chad, Anne Bruce “#2” and daughter Autumn; and many dear friends from Colorado City, Sweetwater, Arlington and across the country.
Anne Taylor Bruce
15 August 2019
Aunt Anne was my favorite aunt. She was a loving and doting aunt who always made me feel special. There were a number of summers when I got to spend a week with her and my uncle Daylon at their house. She introduced me to the girls down the street who were near my age. We had a slumber party at Anne & Daylon’s house and Aunt Anne sat up late yakking with us and telling us scary ghost stories. She loved to talk.
As a younger child, when our family visited Daylon & Anne, she tolerated me following her everywhere through the house and cornering her to tell her every knock-knock joke I knew. (Did she love me or what?) When I was a teenager, I would sit at her feet while she sat on the couch and gave my hair 100 brush strokes. I felt loved and pampered. On 4th of July when I was around 12 years old, I was visiting Daylon and Anne for a week. They let me have some Black Cat firecrackers and I unintentionally blew their mailbox off the wall and caused their metal trashcan to look like it had a distended belly. If that bothered them, they never let on.
In her elder years, if my work took me anywhere in the DFW area, I tried to spend a night with Aunt Anne and Uncle Daylon, and later just Anne after Daylon passed on. I loved hearing the old stories of our extended family and their childhoods. They would talk to me way past their usual bedtimes. I tried to listen for as long as Anne wanted to talk, but I would finally have to beg off to get some sleep for my early business the next day.
Aunt Anne was loving, fun and adventurous and stubborn and opinionated. She was all kinds of things, but never old, regardless of the numbers on the calendar. And I loved her very much.
13 August 2019
My sweet Aunt Anne #1 was a true treasure. I remember being at the Sweetwater Lake visiting with family. I remember my Aunt Anne asking her husband "Honey are we going straight home "? He said "Yes" and that is when my sweet Aunt jumped into the lake with her clothes on to cool off and make memories with us California kids. Priceless. I also remember her shoes lots of shoes. I remember thinking when I grow up I am going to have lots of high heels. I think I have one pair. LOL I adore the wonderful family I was blessed with. You will truly be missed. We will see you again our dear Angel.
6 August 2019
I met Clara Anne and Daylon when I was 15 years old through the Terrell family in Sweetwater. They lived nextdoor to Clara and Daylon, who lived in an upstairs garage apartment, their first home together as man and wife. Clara and I began a friendship that has lasted 72 years.
Clara was so helpful to me when I entered a contest the summer of 1949 after I graduated from high school and turned 16 years old.
Clara was only 18 herself. Candidates visited with everyone in Nolan County to secure votes for the title of “Queen of the Crossroads Stampede”. This was an event which was to be held in the Sweetwater Football Bowl that summer. Clara and new baby Rodger accompanied me every day as we traveled in my father’s Studebaker to contact people who would attend the event to order to garner their vote for queen. We were so successful in our endeavor, that I won the title. No politician ever worked harder than we did.
I was deeply indebted to Clara for her help.....knowing I could not have done this alone.
We remained close friends down through the years as we reached the ages of 87 and 89, respectively. I talked to Clara frequently from my home in Temple, Tx. and her home in Arlington. We continued this after Clara’s health declined and she spent time in the hospital. We had great hope of seeing each other once more, but this was not to be. But I know we will see each other in Heaven someday and what a day that shall be! Praise God!
This is my Blessed Memory of my Friend, Clara Anne Bruce.
6 August 2019
Over the years, I’ve paid many trips to Dallas to visit my sisters Carla and Debbie and their extended families. Many times, especially at holidays, Ann was there, and I will never forget the long but joyful trip to Lubbock in Rodger’s giant Suburban packed with Bruces and Huttos to watch Emily graduate from Tech. Ann was always cheerful and fun to be with. I have nothing but wonderful memories of her.
Tere (Clark) Parsons
3 August 2019
Living two doors down from the Bruce’s in the 50’s I remember Anne would borrow me on days she was buffing the hardwood floors. She’d sit me on a blanket and drag me all around the house shining the floors.. I will never forget that, and I’ll never forget her and Daylon visiting when I live in
Ruidoso. My mom saved the little dress Anne gave me when I was just a baby. So many memories I could go on and on. I’m going to miss her.
2 August 2019
Being adopted into this wonderful family in 1949,some seventy years ago by her uncle B.D. Smith...I will never forget the first time I met Anne...I thought I had the most beautiful cousin that anyone could have... She never made me feel that I was not a part of her family...Being the compassionate person she was...I always felt her love and warmth...I will miss her dearly...