ArVena J. Bruce, 94, of McPherson passed away at 11:40 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 peacefully while in the company of her family at Loving Care of McPherson.
Vena was born in McPherson on June 26, 1922, a daughter of Indyaa Orval (Cripe) and Charles George Andes.
Vena attended elementary schools in Neosho, Missouri and graduated from the North Diamond Country School, rural Galva.
She was a member of First Christian Church McPherson.
Vena was a homemaker and she took great pride in providing for her family in this manner. She also worked for Dan Baker as a waitress at Bakers Café. When Orland Kemp bought Bakers Café, she continued working for Orland.
Vena was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Post 2715, and the Suits Me Neighborhood Club, both of McPherson.
ArVena J. Andes was united in marriage to Leonard LeRoy Bruce on July 4, 1941 at Lyons. He died on Dec. 3, 2005.
She is survived by her children, Lonny Bruce and his wife Laura of McPherson, Larry Bruce and his wife Pat of McPherson, Danny Bruce and his wife Colleen of Galva, Tommy Bruce of Galva, Betty DeWild and her husband Virgil of McPherson, and Jerry Bruce and his wife Melissa of McPherson; 18 grandchildren: Lana Smith (Dan), Heidi Mann (Aaron), Heather Gould, Cassie Alumbaugh (Brent), Cayla Bunk (Travis), Jason Bruce (Ann), Corey Bruce (Jennifer), Myron Bruce, Lenny Bruce (Tia), Dustin Koehn (Kimberly), Levi Koehn (Kylie), Aaron Hart (Jennifer), Andrew Bruce (Kathy), Valerie White (Aaron), Kelly Bruce (Cherie), Mackenzie Bruce, Mitchell Bruce, and Jana Bruce; 32 great- grandchildren: Kaleb Cash (Hollie), Kyle Cash, and Cody Nolt; Liam Mann, Elena Mann, Emalee Gould, Ethan Gould; Ian Alumbaugh, Kati Alumbaugh; Kennedy Tomasich, Evelyn Bunk, Millie Bunk, Lilly Bruce, Clara Bruce, Jesse Bruce, Cooper Bruce, Maylin Bruce, Carsen Bruce, Kalen Bruce, Tristan Prater, Cody Allen, Heidi Allen, Chase Koehn, Parker Koehn, Ava Koehn, Oliver Koehn, Aria Hart, Dylan Bruce, Emma Bruce, Henry Elmer, River White, Lucille White; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Vena was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard Bruce; her brothers, George, Carl, Orval, William, and Clare Andes; her sisters, Maud Lundberg, Helen Johnson and Ardith Bougher; and a grandson, Sean Aaron Bruce.
Friends are invited to call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at First Christian Church, McPherson, with Pastor Lynn Scott officiating.
The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery in McPherson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church in memory of Vena and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home. 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, Kansas 67460.