Auburn Women

Olive May Bruce

Olive May Bruce

I am the wife of David Bruce ’88, Lisa. I married into this Auburn thing, and it really is quite moving. We celebrate Auburn women by remembering my mother-in-law, May Bruce.

We lost David’s mom this past April, and perhaps no one exemplifies an Auburn woman more than May. An immigrant to the US from war-torn England, Olive May Bruce arrived in the US with the intention of working in Alabama for a year, then moving on. Instead, she fell in love with a second-generation Auburn man and never looked back. She raised two boys who became Auburn men as well, one a veterinarian and the other (my husband) an orthopedic surgeon. David raised two Auburn men as well, the eldest having graduated and the younger matriculated in 2015.

Auburn to the core, May greeted us each gameday with a resounding “War Eagle!”, attending most games even when her treatments for lung cancer were taking most of her energy. Everyone who sat in our section at Jordan Hare knew her well, and understood that her knowledge of American football and the Auburn team was strong, as were her opinions. Never a college day student, May attended the Auburn Lifelong Learning classes to enrich her life. And her love of Auburn never ended as she prepared for the end of her life, asking us to find the Alabama flag in Auburn blue and orange to cover her casket.

We miss May, profoundly. Not wanting to believe she wouldn’t make this 2017 season, we reserved her a ticket. I think it will be hard to see the seat empty. But I know she wouldn’t miss a game, so I picture her cheering somewhere above, or perhaps with Spirit during his pregame flight.