A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon with Pastor Vickie Steffes officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service with the family present.
Alice Lathrop Bruce was born May 3, 1930, in Eureka, Ill., to Griff and Dorothy (Clark) Lathrop. She graduated in 1948 from Eureka High School and then attended Eureka College studying speech. She excelled in drama, set design and debate and was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority.
She married John William Bruce on Nov. 2, 1951, in Eureka, Ill. To this union four children were born. They lived throughout the midwest as John's job was in agricultural machinery. She was a full-time homemaker until 1967, when she began working as a bookkeeper for various companies. In 1975 the family moved to Spencer, where Alice began to do volunteer work for the United Way and American Red Cross. This lead to an eventual position in Mason City as the executive director of the American Red Cross for North Central Iowa, a position she held until retirement.
In 1998, she moved to Albuquerque, N.M. During her time in Albuquerque, she volunteered six days a week with the Veterans Hospital, the Museum of Natural History and Science and various organizations. She belonged to Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Albuquerque and treasured her involvement as a "Daughter of the King."
Alice battled Alzheimer╣s for several years. She moved back to Iowa to live with her daughter in June 2008.
Alice devoted her life to the Episcopal Church, public service as a volunteer and mentor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Griff and Dorothy Lathrop; a sister, Ann Doran of Peoria, Ill.; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Aley and Stewart Bruce.
She is survived by her children: Luann Wolfe and husband Michael of Albuquerque; Dianna Isder and husband John of Ocheydan, Suann Stines of Anthon, and her only son, Andrew Bruce and wife Wanda of Sun City, Calif.; her sister, Amylu Gioletti of Pontiac, Ill.; her former husband, John Bruce of Spencer; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Veterans Hospital or the American Red Cross.