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Bruce, Alice Roe

Posted By Castlegar Funeral Chapel On January 10, 2018 @ 11:12 am In Obituaries | 9 Comments



Alice was born on October 13, 1925 in Nelson the third child of Kathleen and Arthur Lymbery of Gray Creek, BC.

As a member of a pioneer family, Alice grew up in Gray Creek and attended the one-room schoolhouse. At sixteen she left home to go to UBC where she graduated with a BSc in Chemistry. Following graduation she briefly worked as a lab technician, then taught high school in Kimberley, Cranbrook, Rossland and Vernon.

Alice married mining engineer, Stan Bruce in 1958. Her son Gordon was born in 1959 and daughter Janet in 1961. Following Stan’s death in 1964 the family moved to Vernon where Alice resumed teaching. After her father’s death in 1969 she returned to Gray Creek to work the family farm. In later years she lived in Balfour, Riondel and Castlegar.

Alice was known for her sharp wit, sense of humour and determined “independent” spirit. She made many contributions to environmental and community causes. These included the NO Kootenay Diversion campaign, preservation of the David Thompson University (DTUC) and the Stop Clearcut movement. For thirty years, she was the chief benefactor of the Guiding Hands Recreation Society by providing a locale from which the Tipi camp could operate.

Alice died January 3, 2018. She is survived by her brother Tom and his wife Sharon; daughter Janet; granddaughter Lindsey, niece Lorena; and nephew David.

Alice was predeceased by her son Gordon in 1992.

The family wishes to thank the beautiful caregivers of Castleview and Alice’s friends and neighbours of the Eastshore of Kootenay Lake for loving support over the years.

Friends of Alice’s are invited to join the family at the Gray Creek Hall on Saturday, February 10, starting at 12:30 pm Pacific Standard Time for a service and tea to honour her passing. Persons unable to attend are invited to leave messages of remembrance of Alice to her family via www.castlegarfuneral.com

Castlegar Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.


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Condolence from Janet and Rob Schwieger on January 11th, 2018 8:06 am

Alice’s spirit will live on with her many endeavours and with the scores of people who knew her. Our condolences to the family.

Condolence from Susan Hulland on January 16th, 2018 2:25 pm

It’s sad to have to say goodbye to a stalwart Eastshore pioneer and a good friend all at the same time. My sympathy to the Bruce and Lymbery families.

Condolence from Leon and Linda Nobert on January 18th, 2018 3:17 pm

Dear Janet and Lindsay, so sorry to hear of Alice’s passing. We so enjoyed her when she lived here in Balfour, she was such a great friend and I will always remember our hikes over to the teepee camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Condolence from Julia Langille on January 18th, 2018 4:35 pm

The Holdsworth/Langille families would like to leave Janet a big hug. We have so many memories of Gray Creek and our mothers’ visiting over the years. We will continue sharing the stories of living in the family farm house with all the critters and many more. To the Lymbery’s, we also offer our condolences.
Alice was a part of our lives for many, many summer holidays and we know she is at peace.
Julia, David, Frank, Steve, Ann.

Condolence from Anna Rose on January 19th, 2018 2:10 pm

To Tom the brother, Janet the daughter, and other family members I don’t know –

I imagine your minds and hearts right now are flooded with memories of Alice. Even in the six or so direct meetings I had with her sometime between 2001 and 2004, I got a sense of “what a character this woman is!” I respected her values and smiled at her quirks. Did she want to do some exercises with me, at her table on a home visit? No, no. Did she want to go for a walk to the beach or up to the Pilot Bay lighthouse? Oh yes, yes. Living 8 1/2 years in the old Lymbery Ranch House, with her cow’s old barn in the back and the crocuses she spread through the lawn in front, I felt a connection to her beyond those direct contacts. My favourite photo of her in Tom’s first book is the one where she is a girl playing “ferry” on the beach, loading toy animals up a ramp.

May this be a rich time of remembering for you all. Anna Rose

Condolence from Andrée on January 22nd, 2018 8:42 pm

I am sorry to learn of Alice’s passing. I had the good fortune of living near the Lymbry family in 1972, while living in the “little log” youth hostel of Mrs. Lymbry and environs. Some of the most beautiful and meaningful times of my life! Thank you for your generosity of spirit, Alice. My sincere condolences to the family.

Condolence from Marje Wing on January 29th, 2018 6:28 pm

Dear Janet
I do not expect you remember me but I worked at Gray Creek for two summers and remember when you and Alice and Gordon came to live in the ranch house. I have so many happy memories of my time at Gray Creek and you are an important part of those memories. I have photos of you as a young girl and one of them was included in volume 2 of Tom’s Gray Creek. You come from a very special family and I feel very fortunate to have known you all and to have shared two wonderful summers with you all.
I will be thinking of you on February 10 when you celebrate Alice’s life.
With fond good wishes
Marje Wing

Condolence from Shellye D. Lindsay on January 31st, 2018 5:06 am

Sending warm thoughts and prayers. Wishing I could attend. Unfortunately I’m teaching in Boise. I’ll light a candle on February 10 in rememberance. Hugs to all! Shellye Lindsay, Gray Creek and Bonners Ferry.

Condolence from Janet Bruce on March 18th, 2018 7:27 pm

Thanks all for the kind words left here. They were heartfelt.

Alice’s service went well. No snow (February 10), sun, blue sky, a beach bonfire, and ample food. Some surprise guests from near and afar.
Many spoke of Alice and I think one would have got a clear sense (had they not known her) of who she was from this. I think my mother would have been pleased!


Janet and Lindsey

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