OBITUARY

Dorothy Hill Bruce

January 12, 1924December 17, 2020

Dorothy Hill Bruce, died on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at her apartment at Carlyle Place and went to her eternal home in heaven, a journey she had long awaited.

Dorothy Augusta Hill was born January 12, 1924 on Lamar Street in Macon. She was the daughter of Julian Bowman Hill and Ruth Davis Hill. She grew up on Ridge Avenue and attended Alexander IV elementary school. She had many fond memories of growing up in Macon, which included riding horses, doing anything with her father, an extended summer trip to California in 1941 after graduating high school and attending Wesleyan College.

Dorothy met the love of her life in 1942 and was married, November 17, 1943 at First Presbyterian Church. Shortly after their wedding her husband, James Yates Bruce, Jr. finished his flight training and was deployed to the Pacific Theatre as a Naval Aviator in World War II. After the war, they moved to Oklahoma where Jim completed his architectural education and they started their family. With two infant boys, work then took them to St. Petersburg Florida, where they lived for 18 years. Dorothy loved living in St. Pete and made many loving and lifelong friends during that time. She loved being a mother and her children were the center and joy of her life. Work and family responsibilities resulted in a move to Tallahassee and finally back to Macon in the early, 1970’s to care for Dot’s parents in their final years.

Dorothy was a strong and independent woman, steeped in the best traditions and ways of the South. She was a hardworking and courageous as a wife and mother and she instilled these traits in her children and grandchildren. She was rooted and strengthened in her Christian faith, her family and friends. These were the foods that nourished her through the good times and bad times in her life. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and friend to many. She was an “other mother” to countless children, adults and all manner of small creatures, who all needed some help and a little more mothering.

Dot and Jim built their retirement home in the early 1980’s out of six old log cabins on their farm on Zebulon Road. The farm and cabins where a magical and enchanting place for many years to children and adults of any age. This was the happiest time of Dot’s adult life with grandchildren and great grandchildren filling her mind with the excitement of future generations. The farm she so loved and which gave both Dot and Jim such joy over the years would later become Carlyle Place on Zebulon Road, which she moved into in 2011. For the nine years at Carlyle Place Dot continued to help others, make new friends and get to know friends from her childhood in Macon. Dot’s best friend at Carlyle Place was Mae Hawkins. Mae and Dot adopted each other as sisters and enjoyed each others company for many joyful years. Dorothy is survived by her son, James Blakeley Bruce and his wife Ann Minnick Bruce of Tallahassee; grandson, Julian James Bruce and his wife May Ann Holloway Bruce of Buford, GA; granddaughter, Mary Bruce Tjader and her husband David Thomas Tjader of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Serena Tjader and Elaine Bruce; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A private graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11AM in Riverside Cemetery (North Gate) with the Reverend Jim Shipley officiating. Because of COVID, a celebration of Dot’s life will be scheduled at a later date and will be held at Carlyle Place where she lived for the past nine years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to a charity of your choice. Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of the arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Dorothy is survived by her son, James Blakeley Bruce and his wife Ann Minnick Bruce of Tallahassee; grandson, Julian James Bruce and his wife May Ann Holloway Bruce of Buford, GA; granddaughter, Mary Bruce Tjader and her husband David Thomas Tjader of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Serena Tjader and Elaine Bruce; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Private Graveside

    Saturday, December 19, 2020

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Gail Johnston

July 29, 2021

Dot had the gift of making everyone a friend. We began our friendship on a massage table. Flip, her pup, would stay in the car with all the windows open. She never worried about someone taking him or her car. While laying on the massage table, she would tell me about her family, her friends, her Church. When Dot could no longer drive, Allison would bring her. At some point, she included me into her friendship circle. She invited me to her home for parties, to her Church for Christmas celebrations. We had lunch. We went on a quest to a Church, Heritage UMC, looking for a relative's grave site. She enjoyed genealogy and so did I. I did some research for her family which she thoroughly enjoyed. One day she called and asked if I would order her a book about how Indians bent trees into an "L" shape for direction. Her interests in Life were intriguing. I loved Dot. Somehow, I missed her obituary in December. Yesterday, I saw a log house being removed from her property. I knew what that meant. Condolences to her family, friends (especially Sheila, Bob, Allison, and her next-door neighbor), and her Church.

Susan Baldwin

December 30, 2020

Eric, Julia, Phillip and I enjoyed so many fun memories on Hurricane Ridge with Mrs. Dot, and Flip, too. Exciting wildlife spotting, good conversation by beautiful views, playing with Flip (she didn’t care when the kids were young and basically running amok in her house), eating delicious meals (I have her recipes, especially loved her squash), and meeting downtown for lunch or shopping. She remained close to us even after she sold her place. She made donations to Eagle Ranch in our names each holiday. We admired and loved Dot and will miss her. Prayers for her family; she talked about you all the time!

Stephen Fleece

December 26, 2020

Aunt Dot and Daddy Jim have such a special place in my heart. Close friends of my grandparents in Macon and parents, they demonstrated not only the amazing love of Christ but were so authentic and interesting. Their mountain home on Hurricane Ridge and the many memories there profoundly shaped my character growing up.

I rejoice that Aunt Dot is home, reunited with Jim and dining with Jesus. Selah.

Loretta McCranie

December 22, 2020

Bruce Family,
I adored Mrs Dot Bruce. She was such a wealth of information to share and love. So many times I enjoyed sitting with her or walking on their property, our conversations were priceless.
Praying for you all.

Debbie Johnson

December 20, 2020

I met Dot when I helped her move to Carlyle from her log cabin. I so enjoyed getting to know her and hear her stories. . She always greeting me with a smile when I saw her in the hall or the dining room. I think she was always the first one there! Dot will truly be missed by all who loved her!

Tommy Mixon

December 19, 2020

“Aunt Dot”, as all of the Wades, Mixons,
Howards, and Barrys called her was such a very special person. Her heart was full when doing for others, especially those in need.
We all treasure our special memories of fun gatherings at the farm. Everyone felt they were part of Dot’s family as she shared a lifetime of love with others. We all will certainly miss her and send our love and prayers to her family. Thank you for sharing your beloved Dot with us!
The MIxon family

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Biography

Dorothy Hill Bruce, died on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at her apartment at Carlyle Place and went to her eternal home in heaven, a journey she had long awaited.
Dorothy Augusta Hill was born January 12, 1924 on Lamar Street in Macon. She was the daughter of Julian Bowman Hill and Ruth Davis Hill. She grew up on Ridge Avenue and attended Alexander IV elementary school. She had many fond memories of growing up in Macon, which included riding horses, doing anything with her father, an extended summer trip to California in 1941 after graduating high school and attending Wesleyan College.
Dorothy met the love of her life in 1942 and was married, November 17, 1943 at First Presbyterian Church. Shortly after their wedding her husband, James Yates Bruce, Jr. finished his flight training and was deployed to the Pacific Theatre as a Naval Aviator in World War II. After the war, they moved to Oklahoma where Jim completed his architectural education and they started their family. With two infant boys, work then took them to St. Petersburg Florida, where they lived for 18 years. Dorothy loved living in St. Pete and made many loving and lifelong friends during that time. She loved being a mother and her children were the center and joy of her life. Work and family responsibilities resulted in a move to Tallahassee and finally back to Macon in the early, 1970’s to care for Dot’s parents in their final years.
Dorothy was a strong and independent woman, steeped in the best traditions and ways of the South. She was a hardworking and courageous as a wife and mother and she instilled these traits in her children and grandchildren. She was rooted and strengthened in her Christian faith, her family and friends. These were the foods that nourished her through the good times and bad times in her life. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and friend to many. She was an “other mother” to countless children, adults and all manner of small creatures, who all needed some help and a little more mothering.
Dot and Jim built their retirement home in the early 1980’s out of six old log cabins on their farm on Zebulon Road. The farm and cabins where a magical and enchanting place for many years to children and adults of any age. This was the happiest time of Dot’s adult life with grandchildren and great grandchildren filling her mind with the excitement of future generations. The farm she so loved and which gave both Dot and Jim such joy over the years would later become Carlyle Place on Zebulon Road, which she moved into in 2011. For the nine years at Carlyle Place Dot continued to help others, make new friends and get to know friends from her childhood in Macon. Dot’s best friend at Carlyle Place was Mae Hawkins. Mae and Dot adopted each other as sisters and enjoyed each others company for many joyful years.
Dorothy is survived by her son, James Blakeley Bruce and his wife Ann Minnick Bruce of Tallahassee; grandson, Julian James Bruce and his wife May Ann Holloway Bruce of Buford, GA; granddaughter, Mary Bruce Tjader and her husband David Thomas Tjader of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Serena Tjader and Elaine Bruce; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A private graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11AM in Riverside Cemetery (North Gate) with the Reverend Jim Shipley officiating. Because of COVID, a celebration of Dot’s life will be scheduled at a later date and will be held at Carlyle Place where she lived for the past nine years.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to a charity of your choice.
Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences.
Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has charge of the arrangements.