Ellen M. (Fry) Bruce

Born: Thu., Sep. 3, 1925
Died: Mon., Apr. 11, 2016


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Mon., Apr. 18, 2016
Location: Heyl Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Apr. 18, 2016
Location: Heyl Funeral Home

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Ellen M. Bruce, 90 of Sullivan, OH., passed away Monday, April 11, 2016 at her residence. She was born September 3, 1925 to Don and Mildred Fry at the family farm on Twp. Rd.791 between Nova and Sullivan. Ellen graduated from Nova Centralized School later known as Mapleton. She attended Oberlin College receiving a Degree in Business Administration. Ellen had been employed as an executive secretary with F.E. Myers for 29 years and served as a Real Estate Agent for 4 years. Ellen married Wm. A. Thorpe in 1945 who was her high school best friend; he preceded her in death in 1973. Ellen, William, and family enjoyed many years boating in Vermillion, Ohio. In 1976, Ellen married Carl M. Bruce who preceded her in death in 2010. They enjoyed camping and were avid fans of the Mapleton Mounties. Ellen’s favorite hobbies were sewing and crafting. She also enjoyed following her great grandchildren’s sports especially basketball. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 husbands; son, Harry Thorpe; daughter, Barbara Bryant; and grandson J.R. Thorpe. . Ellen is survived by a daughter, Elaine (Jim) Stuart; nieces: Bonnie (Bob) Hagner, Donna (Chuck) Fryman, Carla (Denny) Bates, Sue (Jim) Ellison; grandchildren: Jeff (Jennifer) Stuart, Kim (Kenn) Kaminski, Shelly (Tim) Black, Dan (Molly) Moore, Eric Thorpe, Tatia McManess, Shari Krichbaum, and Shannon Hayes; 17 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held 1:00 PM Monday, April 18, 2016 at Heyl Funeral Home, 227 Broad St., Ashland, OH., with Pastor Janet Chilcote officiating. Interment will be at Ashland Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Ellen’s name to Hospice of North Central Ohio. An online register book will be provided for family and friends to express condolences at www.heylfuneralhome.com

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Helen Lent
   Posted Thu April 14, 2016
Dear Jim & Elaine, I am in Texas and can't make visiting hours but my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Mark Chalmers
   Posted Thu April 14, 2016
My deepest sympathies to the entire family. Grandma Ellen was a wonderful women. She will be missed by all.

Stephanie Goll
   Posted Sun April 17, 2016
I am sorry I can't be there to attend the services. I am so glad that my Grandpa Bruce shared his life with Aunt Ellen. They shared so many good things together like farming, sports, and watching their families grow. I will remember listening to Grandpa and her talk about all the news of the day in Ashland and at Mapleton. I saw how much they shared. I was lucky to benefit from her love in my life.

God bless,
Stephanie Goll and family

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