Lindsey Funeral Homes

473 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA


Emily Long Bruce

August 2, 1930July 24, 2020

Emily Long Bruce, of Harrisonburg, passed away on July 24th 2020, a few days shy of her 90th birthday. She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of 61 years, Dr. Douglas S. Bruce.

Emily was born in Harrisonburg on August 2, 1930, as the youngest of six children of Edgar Long and Sadie Liskey Long. Emily is preceded in death by her siblings, Anna Margaret Watson, Robert Long, Carroll Long, and Helen Long Frank. Emily has one surviving sibling, Lois L. Driver of Fairfax, VA. Emily is survived by her four children, Dr. Gregory S. Bruce and wife Sandy, T. Stefan Bruce, Gwen Bruce Moore and husband Curtis Moore, and Patti Bruce Hunter and husband Ned Hunter. She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, and many special nieces, nephews and extended family.

On September 23,1951, after dating in high school and college, Emily and Doug were wed while he was serving in the US Navy in the Korean War. They lived in San Diego, CA for a time as well. Emily, a graduate of Madison College, returned to her teaching position in Health and Physical Education at the first consolidated high school in Broadway, VA. She later taught health, physical education and driver education in the classroom and behind the wheel in Richmond Public Schools while her husband was attending Medical College of Virginia Dental School. When they settled back in the valley in New Market, VA for Doug’s dental practice, Emily became involved in the community. Some highlights include: founding a local chapter of the Girl Scouts, serving on the PTA board and participating on the Lady’s golf team at Shenvalee. Emily loved golf and loved telling folks about becoming a member of “the hole-in-one club,” which occurred at the Waynesboro Country Club in 1980.

Additionally, in the mid-seventies, Emily was asked to serve on the New Market town council, making her the first woman to hold office in all of Shenandoah County. In her 10 years as a councilwoman, she served on many committees and her favorite position was chairman of the Parks and Recreation committee, where she raised the funds to build the New Market Community Park in 1985, the center of activity in New Market today. Emily’s leadership in successfully building the New Market Community Park led her to becoming the First Woman Mayor of New Market, the proudest honor and highlight of her career.

For decades, Emily served her community on countless boards, committees and organizations and received many awards for her service. In her spare time, Emily became a real estate agent, a real estate broker and started her own real estate company which become a successful woman-owned business for twenty years in the New Market and surrounding areas.

Emily loved Doug, her family, her cats, a great mountain view, the beach, steamed crabs, golf, and a good competition. She will be dearly missed.

In the coming days, a private graveside service will be held at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. An outdoor community Celebration of Emily’s life is being planned for a future date and if you are interested in attending, please send an email to: RememberingEmilyBruce@gmail.com and you will be notified of our plans.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dementia Society of America at dementiasociety.org or Girl Scouts of the USA at girlscouts.org or the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA at rhspca.org

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindseyharrisonburg.com


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Rhonda Orebaugh

August 5, 2020

I would like to say I enjoyed helping with the care of your mother Emily and she was such a nice person to all of us when she lived in New Market. She left a memorable legacy of a "get it done" attitude and work ethic. My family and I wish all of you a heart of peace and happiness with all the fond memories of your mother. Love and caring thoughts - Rhonda Orebaugh and family

Dorothy Shull

August 4, 2020

Emily and I were friends who attended the public schools in Harrisonburg and lived only a few houses apart on West Market Street. We spend much of our early lives together and developed. a life-long friendship.
She said my name Dorothy was too long. She named me Dot.

Becky Driver

August 2, 2020

The family of Jackie Driver send their condolences. Emily and Jackie shared many memories going back to their days at Madison College. We are thinking of you.

Lynda Estep

July 29, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bruce family during these sad days. We shared many memories with them. Emily was always a gracious lady and led by example. She is now happy reunited with Doug. Sending love.

Linda Petras

July 29, 2020

Emily was the Mother of my wonderful Daughter in Law and was always a gracious lady to all of us! She will be missed

Thomas Constable

July 28, 2020

I had the privilege of serving withe Emily for over twenty years on the Parks & Recreation , Planning Board, Town Council and as Mayor and I valued her friendship. I was saddened on reading of her passing . A truly great woman.

Scott French

July 28, 2020

My condolences to the family. She lived a full and vibrant life, with many accomplishments in her history. What a great family she created and fostered. Live in her light to honor her life.
Fond Regards

Lillian Jaquier

July 28, 2020

For the Bruce Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a very sweet lady. I enjoyed the short time I cared for your Mother.
Lillian Jaquier

Rodney Chenault

July 28, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss. Emily was a great lady and she will be missed by all. Now, maybe she and Doc can play a round of golf together and she can hear him say,

Amy Fields

July 27, 2020

I was honored to get to know Emily and to have the privilege of caring for her over the past several years. She was a fiercely independent woman who allowed me to assist her while she shared stories from her active life, that I often found to be truly inspiring.

I will greatly miss my days with Emily. And seeing her smile, especially when she was playing with her cats or talking with her children.

I know how she longed to be with her Doug and now she finally is.

Rest in Peace, Dear Emily.


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