Betsy Jane Dearing Bruce, age 96, of Nebo, KY passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Baptist Health Deaconess in Madisonville, KY.
She was the daughter of the late Robert Marion Dearing and Dovie Lou (Egbert) Dearing and was born May 7, 1926 in Caldwell County, KY. She married Thomas J. Bruce of Providence, KY on November 3, 1942.
She was a retired beautician. She was a faithful member of Rose Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Nebo, KY where she taught Sunday School for several years. She researched the history of Rose Creek following its establishment to the present. She gathered pictures of former pastors to display at the church. Additionally, she was a charter member of Hopkins County Genealogical Society. She researched her own family ancestors and conducted research for others to find their ancestors.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Thomas J. Bruce; three brothers, Robert Herschel, James Tilman and Vernon Morris Dearing; two sisters, Mary Alice Bruce Grisham and Monica “KoKo” (Lee) Oliver.
She is survived by her daughter, Cherry D. Mitchell; sister, Margaret Hannah Landrum; grandson, Hamilton L. Mitchell; granddaughter, Amy C. Mitchell; and three great grandchildren, Katharine Roberts, Joseph Mitchell, Gracie Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at Beshear Funeral Home, Dawson Springs, KY. Family visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, and friends may call from 11:00 AM until the funeral hour at 2:00 PM. Rev. Greg Cain and Rev. Joy Watson will officiate. Burial will follow at Lance-Nicholas Cemetery in Caldwell County, KY.
Active pallbearers include Katharine Roberts, Rev. Gerald “Jerry” Oliver, Dr. David “Dusty” Oliver, Mike Dearing, Roger Hayes and Joseph Peyton. Honorary pallbearers include Gracie Mitchell, Alice Parker and Elizabeth Mitchell.
Expressions of sympathy are most appropriately made by making donations to the Rose Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Donation envelopes will be available at Beshear Funeral Home.