May be made to: St. Clair Hisorical Museum or Franklin County Public School Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund or Bethel Baptist Church
Elizabeth Louise Bruns of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on July 3, 2009, having reached the age of one hundred and three years and eight months. Elizabeth was born in St. Clair on November 3, 1905, daughter of Claude Ralph Cordell and Jennie Maude Cordell nee Moore. On April 21, 1935, she was united in marriage to William Arthur Bruns and four children came to bless this union.
Elizabeth is survived by two sons, William Arthur Bruns, Jr. “Bill, and wife, Ethel, of St. Clair and Cordell John Bruns “Buck” and wife, Jane, of St. Clair; by one daughter, Mary Moore Vieten and husband, Noel, of Leslie, MO; by eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, nieces, nephews, great, great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Jennie Cordell; by her husband, William A. Bruns, Sr.; by one son, Joseph Harold Bruns; by three brothers, Clifford, Robert and Harry Cordell; and by two sisters, Irene Cordell and Virginia Bay.
Elizabeth was a Christian and member of Bethel Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO since 1935, having served as a Sunday school teacher for twenty plus years. Elizabeth was a life long resident of St. Clair and known and loved by many. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education and taught school through out her life. Elizabeth had taught school in North Bend School, Labadie School, Hinson School, Larkin Williams School and for seventeen years at St. Clair Public Schools as a third grade teacher. After retiring, she served as a substitute teacher and taught remedial classes in the St. Clare Catholic School until she reached the age of seventy-eight. Elizabeth also served as a 4-H leader for many years. Memberships included the St. Clair Garden club, charter member and board member of the St. Clair Historical Museum, Cove Farm Club, Franklin County Extension Club, charter member of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Society, member of the MO Retired Teachers Association, charter member of the Region 8 Franklin County Public School Retirees, Daughters of the American Revolution. Awards included the United States track record for the 100 yard dash while in high school, distinguished service award for service as a 4-H leader, distinguished service award from the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce, Women of Tribute Honor for 2001 by MO Federation of Republican women in Jefferson City, Franklin County Retired Teacher of the Year in 2002 and in 2007 was the first Franklin County 4-H Hall of Fame Member, which was presented at the MO State Fair. Elizabeth enjoyed many hobbies and interests during her life, but visiting and attending social functions were always favorite pastimes. Her beloved family was her pride and joy and each of her grandchildren held a special place in her heart, just as she did in their hearts.
Visitation was held from 2:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Bethel Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO with the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating. Interment was in Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to the Franklin County Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund, the St. Clair Historical Museum, or to Bethel Baptist Church.