Edith Stafford Bruce, 87, died November 21 at her home in Woods Hole. She was an artist and a founder of the Falmouth Artists Guild.

Born Cora Edith Stafford in Chicago, she was the daughter of Cora Virginia Howland and Russell H. Stafford. She grew up in Glen Cove, New York, and Kennebunkport, Maine.

She graduated with honors from Northwestern University in 1952 with a bachelor of arts in English literature and fine arts.

She attended courses at the Ogunquit School of Art and Elliot O’Hara’s Water Color School, both in Maine, and it was at the former that she met John G. Bruce. They married in Alexandria, Virginia, and settled in Woods Hole in 1954.

Ms. Bruce was the founder and owner of The Woods Hole Gallery for five decades and taught painting.

A founder and champion of the Falmouth Artists Guild, she served several terms as its president.

Ms. Bruce was a certified appraiser and conservator of fine art; director for five years of the Woods Hole Community Hall Art Show; and a member of Cape Cod Art Association, Provincetown Art Association and Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

She also served as president of the Woods Hole Community Association and the Woods Hole Child Center.

Ms. Bruce loved the sea and spent many winters sailing to the Bahamas.

In addition to her husband, she leaves her sister, Sally Barloga of Scaly Mountain, North Carolina; her children and their spouses, Richard Bruce and Wendy Bruce of South Dartmouth, David Bruce of Newport, Rhode Island, and Amy Shedd and Thayer Shedd of Windham, Maine; two grandsons; and extended family.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be Saturday, December 16, at noon at the Fisher House, 13 Church Street, Woods Hole.

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