Marcella Frances Martin Bruce was born Aug. 12, 1916, to Dr. Wallace Perry and Ida Camille Martin, in Pino Grande, Calif. Soon after Marcella’s birth, the family moved to Fresno, where Dr. Martin started his private medical practice. The family subsequently moved to Burkburnett, Texas, after World War I. In 1927, Laura Ruth Martin, her cousin, became a member of the family.


Marcella Frances Martin Bruce was born Aug. 12, 1916, to Dr. Wallace Perry and Ida Camille Martin, in Pino Grande, Calif. Soon after Marcella’s birth, the family moved to Fresno, where Dr. Martin started his private medical practice. The family subsequently moved to Burkburnett, Texas, after World War I. In 1927, Laura Ruth Martin, her cousin, became a member of the family.
The family moved to Clovis, N.M., in 1931, where Marcella graduated from high school in 1933. She continued her education at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., and Bethany College in Lindsborg, where she received Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees in 1937. After a year of private voice study in Chicago, she returned to Kansas in 1939 and taught vocal music in Sedgwick Public Schools.
On June 28, 1941, she and Kenneth Baird “Bud” Bruce were married in Clovis, N.M. They had met at Bethany. The newlyweds moved to Lawrence, where he was coaching and teaching. After World War II, in which Bud served, they made a switch from public school teaching to the weekly newspaper field.
Children Kenneth “Skip” Martin and Marcia Sue were born in 1942 and 1946, respectively. Bud and Marcella bought the Marquette Tribune in 1946 from Bud’s parents. A move in 1953 took them to Lindsborg and then in 1954 they bought and took over the publishing of the Hillsboro Star-Journal.
Marcella was active in community, church and club affairs. She was also very active in Kansas Press Women, serving as treasurer, secretary and vice president. She was a past president of Mentor Study Club, served a term on the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce board, and was a lay delegate to the United Methodist Church West Conference for several years.
The Bruces semi-retired in 1976 and sold the Hillsboro Star-Journal in 1988.
Marcella lived at Park Village in Hillsboro until recently, when she moved to Parkwood Village in Pratt. She died March 23, 2010, at age 93.
Bud preceded Marcella in death in 1999, as did grandson Kenneth M. Bruce II.
Surviving children are Skip and wife Lois and Marcia and husband Glenn Wiederstein. Also surviving are grandchildren, Martin and Blake Wiederstein, Greg Wiederstein and Sherri Wiederstein Elliott; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Memorials have been established with the United Methodist Church, Kansas Press Association and South Wind Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family via jost@jostfuneralhome.com.