JoAnna (Jody) Bruce , 88, of Newcastle Wyoming passed away Thursday the 14th of January at the Weston County Manor surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on March 7, 1927 in Newcastle Wyoming to Walter and Nellie Boulden. As a young girl she lived on various ranches in Weston County with her parents and family. She attended public school in Newcastle and graduated in 1945 from Newcastle High School.
On Nov 6, 1946 Jody married the love of her life Willis Bruce. The young couple then moved to the Bruce Ranch where they raised their family and she helped with the various labors of a ranch wife which she enjoyed immensely.
Jody was a member of the United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star and the Weston County Cowbelles. She hosted and attended community Bible Studies in the Clareton area.
She enjoyed being a homemaker, ranch wife and took great pleasure in caring for her family. She loved to clean, bake and cook for Holiday dinners, hungry cowboys for branding and haying crews and if anyone stopped by the ranch she always had something for them to eat. She hosted a poker party every year for her husband on his birthday and to celebrate their anniversary. She learned to crochet so she could make every family member an afghan specific to their wishes.
Survivors include her son Tom (Shari) Bruce and daughter Nancy (Bryan) Borton. Brother Billy (Lois Ann) Boulden and Sister Frances VanBuren. Grandchildren; Shane Bruce, Shauna (Loren) Hamburger, Cory (Blue) Borton and Heidi (Chuck) Schultz. Great Grandchildren; LeShae, Stetson, Ashley and Bailey Bruce, Carson and Holly Schultz. Great Great Grandchildren; Landon and Logan.
She was preceded in death by her husband Willis Bruce, parents Walter and Nellie Boulden, Brother Walter James Boulden, Grandson Shad Bruce, Granddaughter Holly Borton, Great Grandson Dakota Bruce, Brother-In-Law Gary VanBuren and Nephew Jeff VanBuren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday the 19th of January the at the Weston County Senior Center with Steve Langer officiating. A viewing will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to funeral services. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle.
Pallbearers will be Don Cool, Clint Slagle, Scott Sewell, Troy Tavegia, Ty Christensen and Owen Lampert. Honorary pall bearers are all the hungry cowboys she fed over the years.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Weston County Manor .
Greenwood Cemetery (Newcastle)
570 S. Spokane Ave.
Newcastle, WY, 82701
JAN 19. 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Weston County Senior Services Center
627 Pine Street
Newcastle, WY, US, 82701