Virginia Lee Patton Bruce
June 27, 1930 – May 2, 2018
Virginia Lee Patton Bruce was born June 27, 1930 near Merkel, Texas, but her parents moved near Calera, OK when she was just a toddler in covered wagon. She joined her loved ones in heaven on May 2, 2018 in Johnsville, Texas.
She had this information written in her Bible. “Married Truman Bruce on May 25, 1947 at Dennison, Texas, on the Red River Bridge on the Texas side.” She also wrote “Truman passed away 5/28/2006. We were together 59 years, 3 days.” Their Cowdog, Mack, passed away on January 10, 2007. We know he was a beloved dog because she wrote the details in her Bible.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Billie Patton, and siblings Bobby Earl Patton, Lenora Patton Pratt, and Don Patton. Virginia and Truman also had a premature son on November 17, 1947 who lived four hours before passing. Her great-granddaughter Olivia Layke Gross went to heaven on October 2, 2015.
Virginia is survived by her daughter, Teresa Sue Bruce Gross, grandchildren Whitney Lee Gross, Dustin Gross, and Brittanee Stephenson Gross, great-grandson Knox River Gross, many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones.
Many of Virginia’s friends called her Ginny or Miss Virginia. Her grandchildren called her Gran, as did many others who loved her like a grandma.
Virginia was a well-known prayer warrior who was raised in the Assembly of God Church. She and Truman settled on their farm near Stephenville in November of 1955. She was always a faithful church-goer, and she and Truman joined Rocky Point Baptist in 1990, and Virginia continued to attend until her declining health kept her at home.
She was a plain-spoken, Godly woman who believed right was right, wrong was wrong, and there wasn’t much wiggle room in between the two. She was accustomed to working hard and never pictured herself doing anything else, or, heaven forbid, living in town instead of on their farm.
She loved singing the old hymns and often sang or hummed to herself as she worked. Her skills with crochet needles, and sewing kept many of her family and friends supplied with tea towels, doilies, afghans, aprons. quilts, and many other original creations. The only strings attached to her hand-sewn gifts were that you had to promise to use what she gave you and not put it away for safe-keeping.
As she neared the end of her days at home in hospice care, she wanted her bed facing the east because, in her own words, “east is peace”, and she was ready to walk those streets of gold.