Ethel Bruce Pittman, 102, of Dix, died at 5:45 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at Odin Healthcare Center.
She was born near Kell, on Jan. 28, 1911, to Charles and Esther (Mount) Hawkins. She was married to Harry W. Bruce in Dix, on a snowy day, Dec. 1, 1928, by Pastor A. L. Smith. They established their farm home north of Dix in 1929, where they spent their entire lives and raised five children, Wilma, Wanda, Byford, Phyllis and Philip. Mr. Bruce passed away unexpectedly on May 24, 1978. She later married Oran D. Pittman, of Dix, on Oct. 17, 1981, and he passed away also on June 18, 1989.
She was the oldest living member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, having transferred her membership from the Kell Baptist Church in 1930. She had served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member and church librarian for many years.
She also enjoyed serving as election judge in Rome Township One for several years. She was most proud of being a homemaker and having her families and friends visit and enjoy dinners. She was proud that she had made quilts for all her children and grandchildren. Her other hobbies were reading, as well as writing poetry and articles, starting in the 1940’s, that were published in books, magazines and newspapers throughout the country.
She leaves behind two daughters, Wilma Greene and husband Marion of Alton and Wanda Puleo and husband Ken of Brownstown; two sons, Byford Bruce and wife Elizabeth of Lincoln, Neb. and Philip Bruce and wife Juanita of Dix; twelve grandchildren, Susan Greene of Alton, Barbara Montgomery and husband Michael of Godfrey, Debbie McDonald and Bill McDonald and wife Sandy of Brownstown, Mike McDonald and wife Tammy of Ramsey, Connie Meskil of Sandoval, Kathy McConkey and husband Matthew of Vandalia, Steven Bruce and wife Susan of Omaha, Neb., Christy Bruce of Lincoln, Neb., Michele Bruce Carter and husband Kevin of Hope, Kan., Tony Holmes and wife Heather of Troy, Mo. and Rhonda Tutor and husband Ray of Dupo; 26 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Orpha Bruce of Centralia; and three sisters-in-law, Doris Robertson of Bakersfield, Calif., Darlene Tucker of Pahrump, Nev. and Doris Bruce of Sun City, Ariz.