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Theresa Ora Bruce

Published: 5/4/2019 3:00:36 AM
Modified: 5/4/2019 3:00:36 AM

NEWBURY, VT — Theresa Ora Bruce, 75, passed away peacefully late Wednesday morning, May 1, 2019 at her home in Newbury, VT with her daughters and granddaughters by her side. She was born January 1, 1944 in Rutland, VT and later adopted by Charles and Anna Westover of Middlesex. Theresa grew up in Middlesex, attending school and graduation from Waterbury High School in 1961. She helped her father in a store they owned in Middlesex, VT. Theresa was married in 1962 to Ronald Howard Bruce, having two children, Laurie Ann Bruce and Sonia Lee Bruce. In 1976 she divorced and moved to Wilder, VT.

Theresa has worked for Harry’s Department Store in Barre, VT. She was a Sarah Coventry Dealer and traveled many places. After moving to Wilder, VT, she got a job at Splitball Bearing in Lebanon, NH where she worked for thirteen years. In 1991, Theresa moved to Murfeesboro, TN, where she worked at Maytag and later at Opryland Hotel as a Supervisor of Housekeeping. In 1993, Theresa moved back to Lebanon, NH and held a couple different jobs until landing a job at Centricut in West Lebanon, NH which later became Hypertherm, where she retired from in 2008 after eleven years of service. She and her two daughters bought their home in Newbury, VT in 2017.

Theresa had many hobbies, including ceramics where she owned molds and kilns and had classes with many fiends. Later, her interests were more towards sewing, making quilts and pot holders. She even dabbled a bit with cross stitching. Theresa loved going to the Fairlee Flea Market to sell all of her beautiful crafts. Her favorite place was Grafton Pond in Grafton, NH where she loved to Kayak.

Theresa was predeceased by both parents, Charles and Anna Westover, three brothers, Edmond, Harland Sr., Lawerance (Sonny) Westover, five sisters, Doris Bowen, Alice Gavin, Genevieve Deyette, Hazel Collins and Mabel Houghton. Theresa is survived by her daughters, Laurie Ann Bruce and Sonia Lee Bruce both of Newbury, VT, two granddaughters, Brittany Bruce-McEwan of Lebanon, NH, Cassidy Harrod of Newbury, VT, a great granddaughter, Kaylee Kate Dionne of Hartland, VT, many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday afternoon, May 8, from 2-3PM at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., VT. A memorial service will be held at Wednesday, at 3PM immediately following calling hours with Rev. Dick Hodge officiating.

Memorial contributions maybe made to the American Cancer Society 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495-146 or to the Alzheimer’s Association - VT Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Dr, Suite 128 Williston, VT 05495

Theresa’s family would like to thank Oxbow Senior Independence Program in Newbury, VT for taking very good care of their mother during the day. Also a special thanks to Rosy Martel for taking care of mom in the afternoons. Finally, thank you to the wonderful people at Bayada Hospice and especially nurse Helen W. Condolences may be expressed to Theresa’s family in an online guestbook at

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