On July 6, 2019, Mary Marguerite Moran Bush, age 97 passed peacefully in her home in Venice, Florida. Mary was born on December 23, 1921 in Burnsville, West Virginia to John V. Moran and Myrtle Knight Moran.
She and her late husband of 50 years, Marvin B. Bush, began their married life in West Virginia. She supported him throughout his career in the Navy by living in Virginia and California.
Before she was married, she graduated from Glenville College and became a one- room schoolteacher in West Virginia. She later worked for the B & O Railroad in Washington, DC in their city office and as a representative for them to the Department of Navy. After marrying Marvin, they returned to Burnsville and opened an appliance store with her brother John Moran. They eventually moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1954. She was a stay at home through her children’s life. After her youngest children were in high school, she returned to work as Teacher’s Assistant in the Broward County School System. After retiring and moving to Venice in 1990, she was a strong volunteer with her Angels of Southwood Ladies to Taylor Ranch Elementary School.
She has always been a lady of strong Christian Convictions and gave many hours of service to St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Ft. Lauderdale, as well as Grace United Methodist Church in Venice. Over the years she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Counseled at UMYF, and served on many committees. Her great love was the United Methodist Women where she held many different leadership roles. She was always willing to step up and give a program or devotion. She was presented with the Mission Pin for service from the United Methodist Women several times. In 2015, she was honored as the representative from Grace United Methodist with the Church Woman United Woman of the Year award. She loved Jesus and was his faithful servant in all walks of life. It was her great joy to give and receive hugs from all.
To quote Mary, “My life has been a happy one. I haven’t done great things but being a mother and wife are two of the biggest jobs you could have.”
Mary was preceded in death by her brothers, James (Mildred); Jearld (Virginia) John (Gene); George (Dottie), and by her son Robert Byron Bush. She is survived by her children: John Jewell (Gina) University Park, Maryland; Lora Lee Melhorn (James) Seattle, Washington; Marvin Bernard Bush II (Linda) St. Simon’s Island, Georgia; Judy Jane Crawford (Keith) Sarasota, Fl; Mary Beth Smither (Rick) Fernandina Beach, Fl; Marcia Beverly Loher (Steve) Lakeland, Fl, Margaret Marie Tilton (Jim) Englewood, FL, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 13th from 10:00AM-11:00AM with the funeral service to start at 11:00AM at Grace United Methodist Church in Venice followed an interment in Ft. Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Grace United Methodist Women’s for Missions, 400 E. Field Avenue, Venice, Florida 34285. Funeral arrangements by Farley Funeral Home Venice Chapel. Please share prayers, condolences and memories with the family at www.farleyfuneralhome.com.