Connie Jeanette Wait Bruce, 64, died May 22, 2013, at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. She was born Jan. 6, 1949, in Eureka, the daughter of Bernice E. and Earl Wait Jr.

Connie was a 1967 graduate of Sharyland High School in Mission, Texas. She married Charles S. Bruce on Dec. 12, 1969, in California. They later divorced.

Connie spent the past seven years taking care of her mom during her mom's last illness. She passed away in February of this year. She was also an avid lover of animals, especially her beloved dogs, and was always looking for a home for a homeless dog she heard about.

Survivors include a sister, Marcha Thomas, Pratt; two brothers, Earl R. Wait, Tyler, Texas, and Darrell Lee Wait, La Vernia, Texas. She is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and their families.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents and two nieces.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28 at First Assembly of God Church, Pratt, with Pastor Billy Simar officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka.

Memorials may be made to the Pratt Area Humane Society or South Wind Hospice in care of Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary, 115 E. Fourth, Pratt, KS 67124.