Wendie L. Bruce MORETOWN - Wendie L. Bruce, 70, passed away in the comfort of her home and family on Saturday evening, Nov. 17, 2018. Born in Montpelier on Jan. 11, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Helen (Barnes) Bailey. On Dec. 16, 1976, she married Ronald H. Bruce in Middlesex. Wendie was previously married to the late Frederick Armstrong Jr. In her younger years, Wendie worked with disabled children and later, often spoke about working at a McDonalds potato factory in Idaho. Residing back in Vermont, she was employed at Vermont Plastics in Montpelier before embarking on a 20-year career with the Vermont Department of Labor as an analyst, retiring in 2000. Following her retirement, she and her husband, Ronald, enjoyed traveling in their RV and spending time at their camp at Kings Bay on Lake Champlain for many years, enjoying great friends, a love for fishing and leisure boating. She was an avid crafter, especially making jewelry, oil painting and crocheting. Her creative ability has given the family treasured paintings, fantastic jewelry and beautiful handmade gifts. Wendie believed in, and lived, “paying it forward.” She would often pay for a stranger’s items in a store or give a child a toy. She gave to people whenever she could, including her family. She was truly a giver and never asked for anything in return. The second biggest love in her life, next to her family, was her service dog, Linny. She took Linny everywhere and everyone knew Linny! People where delighted to see them wherever they went. She was the “the nice lady with the cute dog.” Wendie was gracious, loving, kindhearted and silly. Her memberships included the Vermont Antique Farm Machinery Assoc., Vermont Gas and Steam Engine Assoc., and was a charter member of the Mad River Ridge Runners snowmobile club. The family wishes to thank all the amazing staff at Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice for their amazing care and compassion for Wendie in her final days. Wendie is survived by her husband of nearly 42 years, Ronald Bruce, of Moretown; her daughter, Robin Elliott and husband Michael Elliott Sr., of Moretown; her stepdaughters Laurie and Sonia Bruce, both of Newbury; five grandchildren Michael Elliott Jr. and partner Jenna Cutler, Eliza Grace and husband Shane Grace, Aaron Elliott, Brittany Bruce-McEwan and Cassidy Harrod; two great-grandchildren Daisy Proof-Grace and Kaylee Dionne; her siblings Wanda Calderon and husband Miguel, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, and Gerald Bailey, of Berlin; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family. Wendie was predeceased by an infant son, Scott Armstrong; a sister, Carole Barclay and husband Nelson; her mother- and father-in-law, Cora and Clifford Bruce. A memorial service will be held from the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at 2 p.m. where friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 (www.cvhhh.org). To send online condolences, please visit www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.

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