Santa Rosa’s First Female County Commissioner Leaves Legacy

Posted on December 2, 2020 by Staff reports

Ira Mae Bruce passed away earlier this week but will be lovingly remembered as a trail blazer for Navarre and women. She was the first female Santa Rosa County Commissioner.

“No one, man or woman, had more influence and the ability to get things done in the 80s than Ira Mae. I have fond memories of her changing the landscape of Holley-Navarre for the better. Legend is an understatement,” said Bart Pullum, owner of Pullum Real Estate Group. “Thank you Ira Mae for making our home a better place. You will be missed.”

Ira Mae was also co-broker/owner of Century 21 Island View Realty and was one of the original founding members of the Navarre Area Board of Realtors.

“Rarely does a person have such influence over an entire community that lasts for generations,” said NABOR President Angela Campbell.

From election as Santa Rosa County’s first female commissioner, to presiding over numerous business and civic organizations, there is hardly a facet of our Navarre life today that she did not grace with her wisdom and leadership.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, her family has chosen to forego an immediate service and will hold a celebration of life early next year.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ira Mae’s memory are invited to The Pink Pirates of Navarre and Northwest Florida State College Foundation Scholarship Program.