Brucie H. Johnston

June 25, 1931January 12, 2020

Brucie Humphrey Johnston passed away peacefully on January 12, 2020. Brucie was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Swain Johnston, her two brothers, Gene Humphrey and Lee Humphrey, and her granddaughter, Mary Grace Taaffe. She was born in Tampa, the daughter of Clarence Eugene Humphrey and Bruce Long Humphrey. Brucie attended Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Junior High and H.B. Plant High School as well as Florida State University and the University of Florida where she was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. Brucie was a member of The Junior League of Tampa, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and was a founding member of the H.B. Plant Museum Society. She was also a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Brucie loved gardening, was a Bonsai enthusiast for forty years, and she was beloved by her dogs throughout her life. She is survived by her children Frederick Johnston III (Rick), Jenifer Johnston Elliott and Mary Bruce Johnston, and her five grandchildren, Brucie de Alejo Pitino, Alberto de Alejo (Bert), Gene Taaffe, Olivia Rose Taaffe and Gloria Rose Gordon. The service will be held at 11am on January 20th, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 509 E Twiggs St, Tampa, FL 33602. There will be a reception following the service in the parish hall. Burial will follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, tributes to her memory may be made to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, the Children’s Home of Tampa or a charity of choice.


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 20, 2020


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Anna ( Mia) Kusch

January 15, 2020

Rest In Peace my friend Brucie, you will be Greatly missed. I had the pleasure of working for Brucie up in highlands, NC her summer home. I was Originally from the Tampa area, but met Brucie up in nc, where I live now. I would take her out to restaurants and I would also take her out shopping, which she loved. One day she told me she needed a door knocker for her front door. So I took her to an antique shop, which was very large, and just as we were getting ready to leave she spotted the perfect door knocker, I couldn’t believe it! It made her so happy. I hung it up for her that same day, and she loved it. I talked with her before Christmas and she wanted me to come and visit with her in Tampa, because she knew my daughter lives there.. I told her I was probably going to be on the other coast visiting my son, and she said: how fair is that you have a daughter on this side, you should come here... how sweet, I wish I was able to visit her. And very saddened that I won’t be able to take care of her up in highlands to take her shopping and also give her dinner, that my husband made for her, she always said she loved his cooking. Goodbye my friend and I’m so glad I met you!! Rest In Peace love ya , Anna (Mia)