The Service of Remembrance for Mrs. Gloria E. Bruce, age 89, of Beverly Hills, Florida, will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, May 10, 2013 at the St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Crystal River, FL. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Thursday at the Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes. The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of memorial donations to HPH Hospice Foundation, Citrus Office, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy. Beverly Hills, FL 34465-3503 or the
, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome.com.
Gloria was born on December 28, 1923 in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of E. Merle Bailey and Elizabeth Lambert Bailey. She died on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in the loving care of her husband, Bob, daughter, Elizabeth and HPH Hospice. She graduated from Bangor High School in 1942 and then from Farmington State Normal School, now the University of Maine at Farmington, in 1945. She taught the elementary grades for many years in Maine, Michigan and New York. In 1948 she married Robert W. Bruce while he was in the Navy. After his service they both attended Michigan State College. While in Michigan she had her first two children, son, Robert, Jr. and daughter, Elizabeth. She later had a son, Douglas on Long Island. In 1954 they moved to Levittown, Long Island and for many years she was a substitute teacher. A life time Episcopalian, she attended St. John's Episcopal Church in Bangor, ME; singing in the junior choir with her to be husband, Robert. She was very active in the Episcopal Dioceses of Long Island while attending St. Francis of Assisi Church in Levittown. At St. Francis she was a choir member and formed and directed the junior choir. She was an active worker in the Altar Guild and Episcopal Church Women. Serving on the Vestry, she was chosen Senior Warden. She was also very active in the Diocese of Long Island serving on many boards, commissions and conventions electing Bishops. For eight years she was President of the Diocesan Altar Guild and Vice President of the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women resulting with her attending four National Episcopal Church conventions. She received many awards include the Bishops Distinguished Service Cross for Diocesan Service. After moving to Beverly Hills in 1990 she became active at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Crystal River, in the choir, Altar Guild, Episcopal Church Women, Diocesan conventions and a Deanery Director. In Beverly Hills she was active in the community, a member of the Beverly Hills Recreation Association, Civic Club, Share Club, New England Club, Rainbow Birthday Group and the Rainbow Rivers Club. Her activity in the Citrus County Genealogy Society led to her being a Mayflower descendant (Miles Standish and John Alden), and a member of the Fort Cooper Chapter of the D.A.R. She was also a member of the O.E.S. Chapter in Maine.
Gloria is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert W. Bruce of Beverly Hills, 2 sons, Robert and Wife, Pat of Vienna, VA and Douglas of East Meadow, Long Island, daughter, Elizabeth Ciuffetelli and husband, Stephen of Gainesville, 3 grandchildren, Lauren Bruce Bain and husband, Greg of Alexandria, VA and Amanda and Jennifer Ciuffetelli, both of Gainesville.