Mary Bruce Harville, 91, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at The Rosewood, Ft. Oglethorpe Georgia. Mary was raised in the Witt community and was a long-term resident of Hamblen County. Mary was a secretary from the time she graduated high school and first worked for Wallace Hardware where she met and then married her late husband, Arthur “Speedy” Harville. She spent most of her career with Morristown City Schools and was the last secretary to serve at both Rose Elementary and Roberts Elementary before retiring from John Hay Elementary. Her family fondly referred to her as “Betty Crocker” as she fed family and friends during social gatherings and times of need. She was talented in needlework and as a seamstress having outfitted several generations with heirloom keepsakes.
Mary became a devoted member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Morristown in 1965. She taught Sunday school many years before becoming a member of the “Mrs. DeArmond Class,” as it was fondly known. As she entered her 80s she would proudly joke of being in “the last Sunday school class” led by Mrs. Jennifer Jones.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Harville; parents, Ona Thomason Bruce and Homer L. Bruce; brother, Robert “Bobby” Bruce; and sister, Peggy Bruce Eiseman.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Griffith (Buzzy) of Hartwell, Georgia and Becky Welch of Chickamauga, Georgia; sisters, Jean Masengill (Felty) of Greeneville and Sara Jones of Morristown; four grandchildren, Mandy Harper (Mac), Bo Griffith, Sara Bacon (Pryor), and Leslie Logan (Chris); and great-grandchildren, Ty, Griff, Thomason, and Ila Cate. She was also close to many nieces, nephews and other extended family and those who knew her well will appreciate knowing she is survived by her beloved Gigi.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to those at Rosewood Memory Care and Tapestry Hospice who lovingly cared for Mary over the past year and especially during the pandemic.
A private graveside service at Hamblen Memory Gardens will be planned for a later date.
The family would be honored if memorials were made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 410 S Liberty Hill Rd., Morristown, TN 37813, in honor of her long-time membership.
Allen Funeral Home