Shirley Hussey Bruce 68, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her family. She has now courageously won her victory over ovarian cancer after a gracious and valiant 2 ½ year battle.  

Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM, Monday, March 13, 2017 at Smyrna United Methodist Church, where she was a member, with the Reverend David Woodhouse officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.   

Shirley was a native of Moore County and a member of the first graduating class of North Moore High School in 1966.  She just celebrated the 50th Anniversary with many of her classmates.   She worked at Westmoore Elementary School as a Bookkeeper/Secretary for 22 years and at North Moore High school for 10 years as Administrative Assistant. She was faithful to her church serving as Children's Sunday School teacher for 38 years, church secretary for 15 years, a member of the church choir, the Concert choir and teacher for Vacation Bible School.  Shirley loved young people and treated each one as her very own.  She loved cooking, canning, gardening  and taking beach trips with her family.  Her greatest pleasure came from spending time with her family especially time with her 4 grandchildren.   She was a very faithful Christian woman, professional, hardworking and always going above and beyond. She cared for many relatives and special friends over the years.  Shirley was a daughter of the late Pelly and Lydia Jane Sheffield Hussey; and was preceded in death by brother: Farrell Hussey, brother-in-law: Lloyd Burns.

Shirley is survived by husband of 50 years, Jessie “Buddy”; daughters:  Donna Brewster and Patton, of Robbins, Dawn Priest and husband Michael, of Seagrove; grandchildren: Morgan Brewster, Jessie, Lydia, Hallie Ann Priest; sisters: Aileen Burns, Flora Maness and husband Mike; brother: Tom Hussey and wife Sharon, nieces, nephews, many cousins and friends. She is also survived by her black lab, Molly.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Kennedy Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Michael and Dawn Priest, 5579 Waddells Ferry Road, Seagrove, NC.

Memorials  may be made to Smyrna United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 203 Smyrna Church Rd, Robbins, NC 27325 or Cancer Care Fund, P O Box 3000, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the Bruce Family.

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  1. So very sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was truly a wonderful lady and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. Prayers for the family.

  2. Dear Dawn and other members of the family. I am truly sorry to hear of Shirley’s death. She was truly a delightful person and was a friend to all she met. Please note that I am praying for all of you at this difficult time.

  3. We love Shirley very much and she was such a big part of our families life at church. She was a friend, teacher and mother to our children. We are very blessed to have know such a special person. Her smile was contagious .

    Prayers to the family , G

  4. Praying for everyone. May God’s loving grace and your precious memories sustain you during this difficult time. Shirley will be greatly missed.

  5. I was so very saddened to learn of Shirley’s passing. She was at the 50th class reunion and looked well although having been through her illness. She has made a remarkable contribution to the lives of her family and her many friends, and acquaintances at

  6. So sorry for your loss. Shirley was such a sweet lady she always had a smile on her face. She was the most positive person especially during her battle of cancer. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. Praying for you guys in the days ahead. May Go

  7. God has somehow made us able to cope with grief.

    God is greater than this and God will get you through.

    Be strong in the Lord.

    33 ‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have troub

  8. Buddy, Donna, Dawn, & all fsmily: we are very sad to hear about Shirley, but we know she is in Heaven right now. She was such a wonderful and giving person. We know she will be missed but death is only the beginning of a life everlasting. We love all of y

  9. Dawn and family,, will be praying for you during this time . remember because of her love and commitment to the Lord she is with the eternal father.

  10. I can’t think about my school days without memories of her. She was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Praying for your family!

  11. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Shirley. I got to know Shirley through Moore County Schools. I remember her smile and soft voice. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Shirley Cox

  12. Aunt Donna and Uncle Patton and Morgan-

    We are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful Mother and Grandma. Mrs. Shirley was always such a warm and welcoming person each time we saw her. Logan sure did love her dill pickles! I am sure no words can

  13. Donna and family, I am so very sorry for your loss! Shirley was one of the finest women I’ve ever know and she will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her! Cherish your memories of her and her love for you all knowing that she’s in her heav

  14. To all of you in Shirley’s family, you are in my thoughts and prayers as you hold this courageous, beautiful Shirley always in your hearts.

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