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Inez Viola Bruce

Inez-BruceInez Viola Bruce, age 96, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away peacefully, Saturday, November 30, 2013 at her home.

She was born October 27, 1917 in Draper, Jones County, South Dakota to the late Herbert H. Hill and the late Sena H. Hellickson Hill. She was happily married to Robert H. Bruce for 55 years, until his passing. Mrs. Bruce owned and operated Inez Beauty Shop in Mena for 42 years, retiring at the age of 72. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mena and enjoyed growing a garden, cooking and helping on the family farm at Rocky. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by daughters Sandra G. Bruce of Mena, Arkansas, Janet S. Franz of Mena, Arkansas, Joan S. Ford and husband Gayle of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren Cindy K. Franz of West Fork, Arkansas, Terry W. Ford of Mena, Arkansas, Anginette Johnson of Lake View, Oregon, Curtis J. Ribble of Mena, Arkansas; several great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert H. Bruce; her parents, Herbert and Sena Hill; 1 sister; 3 brothers; and 2 grandsons Robert E. Franz and Garry K. Ford.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Bill Bullington officiating.  Interment follows in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.  Visitation will be general.

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