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Obituary:  Amy Bruce



Published in The Oregonian on 8/12/2007


BRUCE, Amy 1962-2007

Amy Bruce passed away early Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. Amy was first diagnosed with breast cancer eight years ago and a couple of years later she found out she had ovarian cancer. She fought her disease bravely with grace and dignity.

Amy was born Feb. 15, 1962 in Spokane, Wash., the daughter of Burton and JoAnn Eggertsen. She lived in Mercer Island attending schools there and Overlake School in Woodinville, Wash. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts. She later attended Parsons School of Design in New York City concentrating in Architecture.

Amy returned to Seattle in 1992 to be with her father who preceded her in death. Amy moved to Portland, where she worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff and later OTAK, Inc. She was coordinator of Arts and Station Design with the light rail project for Westside LRT Project in Portland. Amy met her husband, Bill Bruce, while working on this project.

Amy was a gentle soul who loved and cared for animals, in particular her horses. She spent many hours astride the backs of various horses. She rode in the hunter/jumper classification and competed throughout the Northwest. Amy was an artist. She showed her love of art in her paintings and her award winning weavings.

Amy is survived by her beloved husband, Bill; and her treasured daughter, Isabelle. Also surviving are her mother, JoAnn Eggertsen, Mercer Island, Wash.; brother Eric Eggertsen and his wife, Anita, Sauvie Island. She also leaves behind her loving father and mother-in-law, David and Patty Bruce from Ariel, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Robby and Autumn Bruce of Portland. Amy also leaves behind extended family members in Washington, California, Maine and Wisconsin.

A special thanks to Dr. Edward Soo and Dr. Calvin Yu, nurses and staff, from Providence Hospital NW Cancer Center Specialists; Stacy Witbeck, Inc., TriMet, friends, neighbors and co-workers who offered their kind loving support to Amy and her family throughout the years.

A memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northwest Cancer Specialists, Providence Hospital, Portland; Portland Chapter for the Susan B. Komen Foundation; National Ovarian Cancer Coalition; and/or the Dougy Center of Portland. Donations can also be made to a memorial trust which will be set up in Isabelle Bruce's name. Contributions to the trust can be made directly to Washington Mutual Bank, Hollywood Branch, Portland, to Isabelle Bruce in care of William F. or Amelia A. Bruce

Arrangements by Zeller Chapel of the Roses 503-287-1155


Also see:  In Memoriam (Amy Eggertsen Bruce)