Marie Bruce newspaper photos show her growing up in Augusta




Marie Bruce, the Athens woman who died Saturday, was known in the college town for her love of theater and work as an attorney.

But for many in Augusta where Ms. Bruce grew up, she was remembered as a young girl with many achievements.

These were often noticed in The Augusta Chronicle.

From reading and writing awards in her school days, to being a semi-finalist in the Miss Augusta Pageant, stories and images of Ms. Bruce often appeared in the newspaper.

In August 1979, a photo shows Ms. Bruce checking her makeup as a contestant in the Miss Augusta Pageant. A year later, a front-page story reports her as a semi-finalist in the 1980 Miss Augusta competition.


View photos of Marie Bruce from The Chronicle's archive


She would have been used to being on a stage because a story and photo from May 1980 show her during a rehearsal of The Malice of Empire – a play performed as part of Augusta College’s Third World Program and put on at the Performing Arts Theater.

In April 1976, Ms. Bruce, then at Tutt Junior High School, received an honorable mention in a short story contest of the J.B. White Literary Competition.

And a 1971 photo shows her and several classmates at the old Perrin Elementary School honored for their achievements in a summer reading program.

In December 1970, she is listed among a group of Brownie scouts donating $12.82 to The Chronicle’s holiday Empty Stocking Fund.



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