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Lelia Vaughters Bruce
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Lelia Vaughters Bruce, 100, of Dawsonville, died June 4, 2017.

Born Nov. 30, 1916 on Thanksgiving Day, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Emmer (Wehunt) Vaughters.

Lelia was a lifelong resident of Dawson County. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where until her death, she was the oldest living member.

Lelia was a housewife, mother and farmer.

She used earnings from her pea patch to buy one of the first radios in Dawson County, which she purchased from the Sears Catalog and used to listen to her favorite songs by the Carter Family, among others.

She also loved to cook for her family; her specialties were simple, but delicious things like chicken and dumplings, vegetable casserole and banana pudding. No one ever left her table hungry.

Her husband, C.A. Bruce; her sister, Luna (Herbert) Harben; brother, the Rev. Boyd (Wilma) Vaughters; stepson and daughter-in-law, Edwin and Adele (Moss) Bruce, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Jimmy and Wanda Crowe Bruce, June and Buster Samples, Johnny and Carol Grant Bruce; grandchildren, Bobby and Julie Samples, Lori and John Hughes, Karen Martinez and Steve Bruce, Kristi and Nate Kohn, Shelia and Denny Tolbert, Jill Odom; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Alex and Cameron Bruce, Zachary and Hailey Samples, Atiana and Aliana Martinez, Caroline, Jack and Eliza Hughes, Cleo Kohn, Justin and Austin Tolbert, Eric Head; great-great-grandson, Caden Head; sister-in-law, Arlene (Glenson) Swafford; various other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. June 6 in the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Leonard W. Ridings, Stephen Davis and Jason Hamby officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.