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 Gladys M. (Mears) Bruce


Gladys M. (Mears) Bruce, 87 of longtime of Apple Street, Essex, died Monday, August 11, 2008 in the Beverly Hospital following her brief illness.

Born in Ipswich July 25, 1921,she was the only child of the late George M. and Annie M. (Lufkin) Mears. She attended Essex and Manchester public schools, graduating in 1938, and was a graduate of the Bryant Stratton Business College in Boston. For several years she was employed as a secretary for Lockwood & Gordon Theatre of Boston. During these years she had the pleasure to meet many stage entertainers.  She was married in 1952 to the late Wilson MacCuish who died the following year. Married in 1954 to the late Robert Bruce, they made their home and raised their family on Apple Street..

She will be most remembered for her love of home and family. She also enjoyed reading mysteries, working on crossword puzzles, playing the piano and home gardening.

She was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church in Essex.

She is survived by two sons, Wallace W. Bruce and his wife Janice of Essex and Robert A. Bruce and his wife Rachel of Lisbon, NH; two daughters, Bonnie Wolfe, wife of the late Donald Wolfe, of Amesbury and Norrie Stavros and her husband James of Essex; fourteen grandchildren, Amy, Amanda, William, Robert, Wallace, James, Tyler, Jessie, Daniel, Wallace, Zachary, John, Serena and Kylie and two great grandchildren, Samuel and Mackenzie. She was the mother of the late John M. Bruce formerly of Essex, Amy Bruce, wife of Robert D. Bruce, formerly of Caratunk, ME and Martha Bruce formerly of Essex.

Her funeral service will be held graveside 10 AM Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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