×

Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home

602 East Washington Street, Greencastle, IN

OBITUARY

Beverly Ann Bruce

July 11, 1937June 1, 2020
Play Tribute Movie

Beverly “Bev” Ann (Emery) Bruce, age 82, passed away peacefully and into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior and surrounded by her family on June 1, 2020, at Mill Pond Health Campus in Greencastle, Indiana.

Beverly was born on July 11, 1937 in Beech Grove, Indiana, the daughter of the late Paul and Norma Emery. Her proudest titles were Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma and she was a cherished wife, sister, Aunt, friend and DePauw “Mom” to many over the years.

Beverly graduated from George Washington High School in Indianapolis in 1955. She met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Bruce, during her senior year in High School. They got engaged at her Prom in May 1955 and married on September 17, 1955. They were married for 46 years. Bob and Bev raised three precious children initially in Indianapolis, IN before moving to Greencastle, IN in 1966. During those years, Bev was extremely involved in her church activities at Gobin United Methodist while raising her family with Bob and later on her life at Clinton Falls Community Church; Delta Theta Tau Sorority; Ladies Auxiliary of the Greencastle Elks Lodge; Boys Scouts of America; Girl Scouts of America, PTA, Classroom Mom and all the activities & sports her children were involved in – she never missed an event!

Bev faithfully cared for her family and friends through her love of cooking, sharing her skills of cross-stitch, reading and her favorite holiday, Christmas. Faith, family, friends and fun were her most important values. Bev was a stay-at-home Mom for many years; was instrumental in helping her husband start B&E Electric where she did all of their bookkeeping; and ended her working career at DePauw University for 30 years. First, she was the Assistant to the Head of Roy O. West Library at DePauw and then moved to the Registrar’s Office. She was known for her brilliant smile; her willingness to go up and above her regular duties; her love for taking DePauw students “under her wing”; and her fashion style – specifically her jewelry, her love for wearing a different B&W outfit each day in the month of May as well as her Christmas clothing collection starting after Thanksgiving every year. She retired in June 2002 and unfortunately Bob passed away just six weeks prior to her retirement. Bev loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, cross-stitch, traveling, going to Putnam County Playhouse performances; long lunches with her friends + Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Robert (Bob), of 46 years; her oldest son, Stephen Gordon Bruce; her younger brother, Bill Cook; her younger sister; Sharon Kaye (Cook) Asa; and, her special sister-in-law, Sandy Cook.

She is survived by her only daughter, Vicki Lynn (Bruce) Wallace, and her husband, David from Springboro, OH; her son, Jefferey Scott Bruce from Evansville, IN; her 7 devoted grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Bruce; Matthew (Alaina) Bruce; Bret Wallace; AJ Bruce; Lindsay Wallace; Emily Bruce and Megan Bruce; her 4 great-grandchildren, Rachael, Ryan, Sierra and Elijah; her step-brother, Richard (Mary Lynn) Emery; and many nieces and nephews.

The Bruce/Wallace family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Mill Pond Assisted Living especially Chris Alspaugh and Shannon Fitzpatrick and Maggie with Elara Hospice Care.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home, with Rev. Karl Sparks officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.BittlesandHurt.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Memories

Beverly Ann Bruce

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Ruth LoPrete

June 8, 2020

I worked for Bev as a work/study student at DePauw when she was the assistant to the director of the library there. My job was a little tedious at times, and I tended to daydream and lose focus. One day, Bev asked me to join her in the director’s office for a “talk.” What followed was part lecture and part concern, but she made it quite clear that she expected nothing less than excellence from her student workers. I remember being a little scared, but I have carried that lesson with me ever since that day. Looking back now, I know she cared and wanted to teach all of her students the importance of work ethic. Eventually she became my DePauw “Mom” and we shared many good talks. Bev and I stayed in contact for quite a while after I graduated from DePauw, and though we eventually lost touch, I thought of her often. She was a special woman, and she will be missed. I wish her family and friends peace during this difficult time. Ruth Roettger LoPrete, Indianapolis


Lynn Sullivan

June 1, 2020


Bev worked at the DePauw library with my Dad, Jim Martindale. He thought very highly of her. She always seemed to be in good humor and kind. My brothers Jamie and John and I send our condolences to your family and pray for your comfort. Lynn Sullivan and family

Shannon Fitzpatrick

June 1, 2020

Bev was an amazing woman. She loved to tell stories about her children and was always smiling at Millpond. She was an extraordinary woman and she will be dearly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY