September 22, 2023
Barbara's life adventure began October 29, 1932, as the youngest child of Chester and Edna (Vaara) Bruce. She joined two older brothers, Norman and Jimmie on the family ranch near Boyes, Montana. As the Great Depression deepened the family temporarily traveled to Oakland, California where her dad and older brother worked as welders in the shipyards. She fondly remembered that as a young girl, she and her best friends would get to go to Saturday or Sunday matinees. Shirley Temple was her favorite actress and in many ways her role model.
Returning to Montana and the ranch allowed her to atten...