Pat was born in Melfort on Jan. 2, 1935. She spent her early years in the area of Melfort and Star City. Her rural school was Oriole and she graduated at Star City. She lived in that area with parents, Ken and Iris Hand, and sisters Shirley and Earla.
She went to Teacher’s College in Saskatoon in 1953-54 and taught the next 3 years at Lewis Lake and Star City. She married Archie Bruce on August 3, 1957 and they both taught at Brockington, Sk. They then moved to Tompkins, Sk. and left 5 years later with daughters Lindsey, Jodi and Mitzi.
Next at Govan they played and watched baseball. They completed a Centennial Project in 1967, a son, Kerry Kenneth. Then it was a year in Regina for Archie to get a degree. On to Semans for 3 years and 2 in Choiceland. They went to Nipawin in 1977 and retired there in 1985. After a failed experiment where they tried to teach at Red Earth Reserve, they retired for good.
About this time health problems arose and Pat endured multiple operations (3 knee replacements), diabetes, etc. When a broken ankle wouldn’t heal, she moved to Pineview Lodge for the lifts in 2016. With most of the family nearby she was semi-content. A sudden decline in mid-Feb led to her death on Feb 18 at 84 years.
She leaves with great memories of her and her sacrifices; Archie, Lindsey, Jodi, Mitzi, Kerry; Sons-in-law Carl Kruger and Tony Barros; Daughter-in-law Kristine; Grandchildren Colby (Michelle) and Devin Barros, Hailie and Keltie Kruger and Teagan Bruce. Her recent joy was enhanced when Colby and Michelle gave her two great grandsons, Gary James and Leroy Bruce.