CHARLESTON -- Dorothy Bihr Bruce, 59, died at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born May 16, 1947, in St. Louis, her parents were the late Frank and Mary Sue Ragsdale Bihr. Following her graduation from Charleston High School, she attended Christian College in Columbia and was then employed with the Hartzfield Department Store in Columbia. She returned to Charleston in 1976 to work in the family business, Buckner Ragsdale's. She was involved in the Molly French Garden Club, the National Garden Club, Missouri Women's Council, National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Mississippi County Industrial Development Authority, and local, state and national Republican party politics.
She was on the SAHEC Board of Directors and the Mississippi County Detention Center Advisory Board and was a Master Gardner, a certified victims advocate and a lifetime member of the Mississippi County Historical Society. She served as president of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the Friends of the Missouri Women's Council and as vice president of the Missouri Garden Club. A member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society, she was a master judge contest official and co-organized the Annual Pigs in the Garden Barbeque Contest in Charleston with her husband.
She was very active in working with families at the Epworth/Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center and through the Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children program of the 32nd Judicial Circuit District.
On April 20, 1995, she married Lynn Bruce who survives of the home.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time for services at 3 p.m. Sunday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston. State Rep. Lanie G. Black III will officiate.
may be made to:
Court Appointed Special
Advocate for Abused and
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703