Gwen Bruns, of Floresville, died Sept. 9, 2018. She was 70. Bruns spent her life involved in the cattle business, raising her family and enjoying her hobbies of interior decorating, antiquing and gardening.
She was raised in Wessington Springs, S.D., and with her husband, Gary, moved to Texas in 1973. They would spend 51 years together, managing registered Brangus operations and running their own registered Brangus and Angus cattle herds, as well as operating a sale management and consulting firm.
Their first exposure to Brangus came in 1973 when they joined Willow Springs Ranch in Burton, one of the pioneers of the breed. They joined Clayton Williams Brangus in 1978 and have been involved with the Williams in management and consulting of their cattle divisions for 40 years. In addition, they have maintained their registered cattle programs in both the Brangus and Angus breeds and for several years operated a sale management and consulting firm. Bruns was involved in all aspects of the cattle business from helping fit cattle at the shows, maintaining ranch and cattle records, and handling the accounting responsibilities of their businesses.
She was a member of the International Brangus Breeders Association, Texas Brangus Breeders Association, and the International Brangus Auxiliary (IBA). She enthusiastically supported the efforts of the IBA, as well as activities of the International Junior Brangus Breeders Association and the Texas Junior Brangus Breeders Association.
Gwen Bruns is survived by her husband, Gary; son Jason, of Schertz; daughter Jennifer, of Floresville; three grandchildren, Tyler Bruns, Abbigail Richards and Gary Paul Richards; one sister and three brothers; and nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Texas Junior Brangus Breeders Association (TJBBA) for the establishment of the Gwen Bruns Memorial Scholarship: TJBBA, c/o of the Texas Brangus Breeders Association, P.O. Box 700706, San Antonio, Texas 78270-0706.