Effie Lea Bruce
Trent-Dowell Funeral Home
308 South Hardin Street
Hardinsburg, KY
Effie Lea Bruce

Louisville - Effie Lea Bruce, 81 of Louisville, KY went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, May 8, 2021. She was born in Harned, KY on December 19, 1939, the daughter of the late Sammie and Helen Sosh Dowell. Lea greatly loved her family and the Lord, most recently worshipping at the Helck Avenue House of Prayer before her declining health prevented her from in-person worship. After raising her three children, Lea was also a fixture in the lives of her grandchildren. She would often spend weekends with them and would always surprise them with a small treat or token of affection. Lea shared her love of family by devoting many years of life to childcare in her home, with each child becoming one of her "kids", affectionately being referred to as Mammaw Lea. She loved and cared for all of her family deeply, qualities that will be greatly missed by her loved ones.

In addition to her parents, Lea was preceded in death by Bob Bruce, her husband of over 55 years; her son Billy Bruce and siblings Sammie Dowell, Joe Dowell, Rugene Brooks and Jimmy Dowell.

Lea is survived by her son Bobby (Kathy) Bruce and her daughter Pam (Rick) Jones.

One of her final statements prior to her death was that she loved all of her grandchildren. She is survived by six grandchildren: Amanda, Jonelle, Cortney, Lewis, Shannon and Robert; nine great grandchildren: Adrianna, Skyler, Jackson, Heidi, Eli, Samuel, Sylvia, Aaron and Avery.

Her siblings: Alice, Carolyn, Patricia and David and numerous additional family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at Trent-Dowell Funeral Home on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 2 PM with burial in the Horsley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, 5-9 PM and Monday 9 AM - 2 PM. All times are eastern time.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Horsley Chapel Cemetery.

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Published by Courier-Journal from May 13 to May 14, 2021.
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Trent-Dowell Funeral Home
306 South Hardin Street, Hardinsburg, KY
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Lee was a beautiful lady. She always had this low, calm voice with a beautiful smile that would follow. Lee would always invite my family and I in for dinner. In the country, there was always something good cooking in the kitchen. Lee would also would invite us kids into the family garden where she would teach us a thing or two about growing vegetables like cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes and other goodies. She also loved visiting the county most of all. I believe that the country was where she could let her hair down and visit with her family. My family and I loved when Lee and her family would come down to the country to visit. Lee seemed to connect to everyone that came to visit. She had a beautiful soul and she truly was a beautiful gift from God that we all were given the opportunity to know and love. We loved Lee very much and she truly will be missed by us all.
Sue U.
May 15, 2021
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