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GARDEN CITY, KS 67846
Phone: (620) 276-3219
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Aileen DeBruce

Aileen Elizabeth DeBruce

Saturday, April 16th, 1927 - Saturday, March 9th, 2019
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Aileen Elizabeth DeBruce, 91, passed away March 9, 2019, in Kiowa, Kansas, with family by her side. She was born in Junction City, Kansas, on April 16, 1927, the daughter of Forest Valentine Beal and Gladys Smutz Beal. Aileen attended grade school and high school in Junction City, and graduated from the University of Kansas. She married Archie Paul DeBruce on December 27, 1948. They lived in Denver, Colorado, where she taught school for several years, before moving to Ulysses, Kansas, in February of 1952. They had two children, Paul Edward DeBruce of Mission Hills, Kansas, and Shirley DeBruce Conaway of Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

Over her active life, Aileen enjoyed memberships in AAUW, CIRCLE, the Red Hat Society, The United Methodist Church and UMW. She served on the board of the Kansas Children’s Service League for many ears. She and Archie were big supporters of their church in Ulysses, the local Lions Club, Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital and the Diabetes Association. They were made Honorary Trustees Emeritus of the KCSL Foundation Board of Trustees. The DeBruces were active “grandparent volunteers” at the Ulysses grade school, helping to teach reading in the lower grades. Aileen was a Cub Scout den mother, a Girl Scout leader, and an enthusiastic member of the hospital ladies’ auxiliary. She enjoyed many hobbies, among them needlepoint, wheat weaving, tole painting and baking. She loved her needlepoint guild, book club and bridge club, but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Aileen was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved Archie, and her siblings, Jack Beal and Rachel Caerez.

She is survived by her two children, Paul Edward DeBruce and Shirley DeBruce Conaway; nine grandchildren, Brandon DeBruce, Amanda DeBruce Walters, Trenton Heath Johnson, Heather Diane Sorrell, April Dawn Bodine, Dana Marie Sorrell, Christopher Lloyd Conaway, Christina Elizabeth Conaway, and Rose-Marie Valentine Conaway; five great-grandchildren, Zachary, Hayden, Hailey Sorrell, and Jessica and Ashley Sorrell; her sister-in-law, Shirley Beal; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Ulysses, Kansas, with Reverend Kelly Gindlesberger officiating. Interment will follow at Ulysses Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be given to the Kansas Children’s Service League, Grant County Library or Grant County Community Foundation all in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Location
    Garnand Funeral Home
    Address
    405 W. Grant Ave.
    ULYSSES, KS
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    First United Methodist Church
    Address
    321 W Grant Avenue
    ULYSSES, KS
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Lisa Knoll

Posted at 12:57pm
Shirley, Paul and Family: I am so saddened by the loss of my dear friend Aileen. I met Archie and Aileen when I was the Western Kansas Development Manager at KCSL. We lunched and laughed together often in Garden City and Ulysses. We traveled to Wichita together for an annual meeting when Aileen received an award. We visited the Ulysses Head Start Center together. Archie shared photography lessons with me and Aileen shared a love of baking with me. They were dear mentors and more like family than friends to me. Aileen especially loved telling stories on each of you, especially her grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers to each of you during this difficult time. May you be comforted by your memories and the love you share of two of the dearest people in the world.
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Lisa Knoll

Posted at 12:57pm
Shirley, Paul and Family: I am so saddened by the loss of my dear friend Aileen. I met Archie and Aileen when I was the Western Kansas Development Manager at KCSL. We lunched and laughed together often in Garden City and Ulysses. We traveled to Wichita together for an annual meeting when Aileen received an award. We visited the Ulysses Head Start Center together. Archie shared photography lessons with me and Aileen shared a love of baking with me. They were dear mentors and more like family than friends to me. Aileen especially loved telling stories on each of you, especially her grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers to each of you during this difficult time. May you be comforted by your memories and the love you share of two of the dearest people in the world.
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Connie Force-Gatlin

Posted at 03:58pm
To the DeBruce Family sorry for the loss of Aileen. May she rest in piece
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