Died: Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

Interment following funeral service

Sat., May 16, 2020
Location: Washington Park North Cemetery


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., May 16, 2020
Location: Witherspoon Presbyterian Church

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., May 16, 2020
Location: Witherspoon Presbyterian Church

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Winona Marie (Ward) Bruce, was born on March 9, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio to her parents, the late Mentlow Ward and Daisy Munson Ward.

She completed her primary and secondary education in the Indianapolis Public School System and graduated with class of 1944 from Crispus Attucks High School. She went  completed her undergraduate studies at Ball State University and attended graduate school at I.U.P.U.I. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

She taught in IPS for nearly 30 years, and was actively involved with the Indiana Education Association at local, state, and the national level. While teaching, she was honored as recipient of the Indianapolis ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) Award and Runner-up for IPS Teacher of the Year.  

Deacon Winona Bruce a member of Witherspoon since 1947, has served faithfully in multiple capacities for all of those years. Among the highlights are Vacation Bible School leader for 10 years, a Deacon for 7 years, an avid Bible Study participant, and chairman of almost every category of event PWOW has sponsored. She was also pulpit leader two years for Women’s Day. Deacon Winona’s list of committee participation is absolutely overwhelming! It is apparent that she is multi-talented, and that God uses those talents throughout Witherspoon’s missions and programs.

She departed this earthly life to be with her Heavenly Father on  March 25, 2020. She was preceded in death by her son, Rodger Bruce; and brother, Mentlow Ward.

She leaves to cherish her memories her sons, Robert P. Bruce, Jr., Roderick W. Bruce (Margie) and Rolfe A. Bruce; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a multitude of friends


...As Long as life and memories last

We will remember you


Humbly Submitted…………………The Family


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Pamela Sharpe
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to Rolfe and the Bruce family in the passing of your beautiful mother. Praying for your strength and peace at this time. She now has her angel wings.

Pamela Sharpe

Gisela Padilla Stanley
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020

My prayers are with you, your husband and your Family.

With love,


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