Barbee Lee Bruce

Born in Denver, CO on April 11, 1955

Departed on October 5, 2017 and resided in Littleton, CO

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Barbee Lee Bruce, 62, passed away peacefully with family at her side on October 5, 2017 after a nine plus year battle with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD).

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2-5pm on October 15th at The Millhouse at Philip S Miller Park, 1381 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock, CO 80109. All are welcome.

Barbee was born in Denver, Colorado on April 11, 1955. She graduated from George Washington High School and later from Colorado State University with a BS degree in Microbiology.

She married Perrie B. Bruce on January 3, 1981; they were married 36 years.

Barbee’s last occupation was first grade teacher at God’s FingerPrints and Hope Christian Academy, a position she held for several years before the onset of the disease.  She loved daily exercising, tennis, hiking, shopping, home decorating, gardening, traveling, being with family and friends. FTD gradually took her loves away. Motorcycling (as a passenger) became her love in earlier stages of the disease. She was able to enjoy the weddings of her first two children and the birth of her first grandchild before the disease worsened.

Barbee is survived by her husband, Perrie; father, Robert Lunde; sister, Sheryl Fleck; daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Michael Tolibas; son, Jordan and his wife, Jenna; daughter, Jaclyn and her husband, Jim Schurk; and grandchildren, Declan and Colbie Tolibas and Jade Bruce.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Charley Powers :

    Hi Perrie and family,
    I am sorry that Barbee has left you in this physical world but know she has gone to a perfect world in a perfected body. I suspect there are a large number of moments of joy ifot you n the last many years of challenge. Moments that you will embrace in the years to come…of all the years of her life.

  2. Arizona family :

    Your Arizona family will be with you in spirit and prayer. Our love to all of you.

  3. Nancy Rauzi (Steggall) :

    My heart aches for Barbee’s family & friends. I never met her; but, she looks like & hears like an amazing woman. I went to school w/ her beautiful (in & out) daughter, Jen. I send ya’ll my sympathy, love & hugs.

  4. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family! I’ll always remember our delightful days by the Columbine Knolls pool when the kiddos were tiny and our time in AWANA together. God’s blessings on each of you!

  5. Busy Bee Academy :

    So sorry about the passing of your mother and Declan and Colbie’s grandma. She sounds like a wonderful woman. She is at peace now and looking after you from above.

  6. Love and prayers to all. Barbee, I will miss you but will cherish the memories of our childhood and beyond.

  7. So very happy I got some time to spend with Barbee! She was definitely a soul I enjoyed meeting and caring for! My heart aches for Perrie and her children in their time of loss but, I know she is now who you all once knew and she is watching over all of you with great love!

  8. Dear Perrie and family,
    We are sadden to hear of Barbees passing, but will treasure the our memories. Mine started at the GPhi house in Ft. Collins and our disco days as single women. Then Sunday softball in the Big Pineapple League, let alone the silly but fun theme parties (Halloween, Fake Weddings, Come as who should of been or want to be.. etc). May the Lord give you peace for she is now in heaven.
    God Bless
    Steve & Cindy Mauch

  9. We are so sad to hear the news of Barbee’s passing. Please know you are all in the thoughts and prayers of many.

    Denver Chapter, QCC

  10. Debra Tollefson :

    Barbee’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Perrie for many years and I know how much he loved Barbee and his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Terry and Barbara Anglada :


    We are saddened at the news of your loss. May God grant you the peace of mind in knowing that Barbee is better now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Gail Abernathy :

    So sorry for your loss. May God wrap you in his arms and be with you in your grief.

  13. Mary a nd Joesph Pazo :

    You have our deepest sympathy. God walks with you as do our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers. God Bless you all and grant you the strength you need to get through this difficult time

    Mary and Joseph Pazo

  14. Kathleen Reubert :

    Perrie and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this heartbreaking loss. God bless you each with strength, love and light. As you keep her memory alive for all that she was to your family and all her friends. Peace has enveloped her now- let that provide you the comfort you all seek….

  15. Marilyn Janczy :

    My thoughts and prayers to your family. I knew Barbee from Normandy Elementary and Columbine Knolls pool. I know this is a difficult time for you, but keep her memory alive by remembering the good times, not the pain of the last several years. A prior commitment will it allow me to attend the memorial, but I send my prayers.

  16. Bliss and Ed Ermak :

    Perrie, may you cherish the wonderful memories and know that you and your family are in the positive thoughts and prayers of our family. Hugs to you all!

  17. Perrie and Family, I have wonderful memories of Barbee and your family from our early days at JM. May you find peace and comfort in all of your memories of her. She was a beautiful women with a very kind soul! Take care of yourself and your family, all of our thoughts and prayers and with you a this difficult time.
    Diane Lawson, Danielle, Hayley and Kristine Sandoval.

  18. Barbara Lepke Sims :

    To Perry and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We are praying for you and take comfort in knowing that Barbee is resting in Jesus’ arms.
    God bless, Mike and Barb Sims

  19. To the Bruce Family,
    I am so sorry that FTD stole years of memory-making with your beautiful wife & mom. Barbee was sunshine in every room and I so enjoyed watching you kids grow up under her (and your dad’s) loving guidance. You have our sympathy and prayers for comfort in this present time of grief and as you move forward. Live life like your mom would have – vibrantly and with joy.

    With sincere condolences,
    The Scherlis Family

  20. Judy Macomber :

    To Perrie and other family members,
    I was so sorry to learn about Barbee’s death. Although I did not know her, I greatly appreciated knowing and working with Perrie at JM. I am sorry that all who loved Barbee suffered during the years of her illness, but I imagine that she touched many people and she lives on in them. I hope that you all have many wonderful memories of your times with her and that you find peace in them.
    Very sincerely – Judy Macomber

  21. Dan and Christy Riley :

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and yours. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Danny and Christy

  22. What a blessing to have been able to spend time with Barbee, Perrie and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this time. May Barbee’s memory be a blessing.

  23. Dear Bruce family, I am so sorry to hear about Barbee’s passing. She was a great lady, I always had great experiences in my years of showing up randomly at your home either for JB or for causing mischief. She was a good sport with the construction wars. She gave that disease a hell of a fight. My thoughts are with all of you, always loved your family and wish you didnt have to experience these unfortunate circumstances.

  24. Terri Russell :

    Dear Perrie and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of grief. Your commitment and care of your beloved wife was beautiful. I am sorry I was not able to attend Barbee’s memorial, Toni said it was very nice. Sincerely, Terri Russell

  25. Perrie and family,
    May you find comfort in the memories of your loved one. My thoughts with sympathy are with you and your family during this time.
    Pat Klug

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