Willie Jo Bruce

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Graveside services for Willie Jo Bruce, 85, of Hughes Springs will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 in Hughes Springs Cemetery with Rev. Ralph Hale officiating. Visitation will be Monday afternoon with the family receiving friends from 5-7 at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. in Hughes Springs. Mrs. Bruce died Saturday at a Linden hospital. She was born March 2, 1925 in Hughes Springs to Emmit Grady McMillan Sr. and Willie Jo Guest McMillan. She and her late husband John Duse Bruce and daughter Libby owned and operated Hughes Springs Flower Mart for over 25 years. She was a life-long resident of Hughes Springs, a Methodist and a leader of Sunday School, MYF and Bible School. She was a graduate of Texas Womens University. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and she was known to spin a good yarn. Mrs. Bruce is survived by her daughter Jo Elizabeth Libby Bruce of Hughes Springs; four nephews E.G. McMillan III of Dallas; David Randle McMillan and W.D. McMIllan II, both of Wichita Falls, and Douglas Nevelle McMillan of Sherman; and one niece Jane Campbell McMillan of Durant OK. Memorials may be left to First United Methodist Church and Hughes Springs Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.reeder-davis.com.

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  1. Libby, I am so sorry! Sonny just called me. I am not going to be able to be at the service for Willie Jo, but my thoughts & prayers are with you and your mom's soul. God bless you, sweetie.Love, Diane

  2. We share in the sorrow of your loss. Please call on us if there is any way that we can help.

  3. Libby, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my heart and my prayers.

  4. Libby we are so sorry about your mom. Our heart is heavy for you. I know you will miss her, but she is in a far better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry we can't be there for you, but we will be there in spirit. If we can help you in any way please let us know. We love you.Ronnie, Becky and Misty Terrell

  5. Libby, You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom. My prayers are with you at this time…

  6. Willie Joe was a favorite friend of William and I. We always enjoyed visiting with her at the flower shop. She and William were buddies from way back. He rode to school with her when she taught in Lassiter.

  7. I will always have fond memories of our times working together at the Flower Mart. Willie Jo was always so much fun to be around. She will be greatly missed by all. Love you, Debbie

  8. Dear Libby,Sharon and I have known you and your mom for the longest time. I know you will miss her so much. Remember like Job "By His light, I walked thru darkness" and keep moving forward.

  9. We are so sorry to hear about your mom. What a wonderful lady she was! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. I still smile when I think of some of Willie Jo's tales. I always had much respect for her as a strong business woman and considered her my friend. She will be missed.

  11. Libby, We are so sorry to hear about your wonderful, sweet mom. My folks, Louis & Mary Beth Evans, thought the world of her. You could always count on having a good laugh with her whenever you stopped by the shop. God bless her as well as you!

  12. Libby,What a wonderful "Lady" Ms Willie Jo was..You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Ms. Bruce was my first grade teacher. I still have memories of her caring for all her children at school.

  14. Ms. Bruce a beutiful Lady. Im going to miss you. You helped me in my studies from school. tought me my math. You helped so much when I was a child. You are very missed. DeLana Biddy Pierre

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