Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Homes
Kate was born April 24, 1937 in Marksville, LA and passed away Saturday, November 22, 2020 in Maurepas, LA at the age of 83. She was a resident of Hammond, LA. She is survived by her longtime friend, Rawlings Leroy Bowers; children, William “Billy” Bruce (Angela), Jeffrey “Doodie” Bruce (Wendy), Jeffie “Deedle” Bruce (Nancy), Evangeline “Tiny” Lankson (Ray); grandchildren, William Bruce, Jr., Nicole Brooks, Adam Musgrove, Kenneth Guidry, II, Kaylynne Guidry and Michael Beavers; great grandchildren, Adam, Jr., Lil Kenny, Nathan, Kensley, Payton, Hunter, Londyn, Skylar, Rhett, Zack and Michael; brothers, Martin N. and Gerad J. Coco; and sisters, Betty Fulcher and Barbara Wilkes. Kate is preceded in death by her husbands, Charles J. Nye, Sr., and Willis Howard Bruce, Sr.; son, Willis “Bubba” Bruce, Jr.; grandson, Kenneth Todd Musgrove; parents, Adolph and Della Ducote Coco; and siblings, Ina Deselle, Harry Coco, Vernon Coco, and Francis Coco. In accordance with Kate’s wishes, a private family service will be held. The words to the poem “She is Gone”; You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close you mind, be empty and turn your back, or you do what she would want; smile, open your eyes, love and go on.