Mary Marguerite Bush

December 23, 1921 - July 6, 2019
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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

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Born: December 23, 1921
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Patricia Sue Wiant (Bucklew) Ridpath posted on 8/3/19

Dear Moran and Bush family: I loved Mary Marguerite so much. I admired her spunk, in her nineties driving other folks to appointments. She was a lovely and beautiful person, inside and out. I called her occasionally and I am so sorry I waited too long and only today (August 3, 2019) learned of her death. My deepest sympathy to you all. Patty Wiant Ridpath


Chris Lein posted on 7/13/19

My prayers and condolences go out to the family of Mary Bush. She was a joy to know and I enjoyed making her laugh. Sharp as a tack for as long as I've known her. She promised me a dance on her 100th birthday, but I guess her husband Marvin stepped in.


The Cole Family posted on 7/12/19

In loving memory of Great Grandma Mary, the Cole family wishes to send along their deepest condolences to Bush Family in their time of loss. Our girls will miss her warm presence and kind words. In our prayers, Brandon, Taylor, Kellen, and Rowan


Buddy Thomas posted on 7/12/19

May God be with her as she continues her journey...may the Lord look over her family and place his hand of comfort on them. A true Mountaineer... Buddy and Charlene


Henry mohr posted on 7/11/19

Am so glad I met Bush Family in 1978 from meeting my good friend BobBush in north carolina,his family took me in for 1 week way back then in Wilton manners,I especially remember Uncle Leonard who Bobby was very fond of,also loved all of Mrs Bushes photo,s of west virginia,i am glad she is back with her beloved husband Marvin,I have called Florida home all these years,Sincerly,Henry Mohr


Pat Hughes posted on 7/10/19

Bernie, I still have & cherish the musical doorbell your Mom mailed me along with a poem she wrote over 30 years ago. Her sweetness shows in her photo. How blessed you were to have her for a mother! Thinking of you & your family at this difficult time. Pat


Carol Bagley posted on 7/9/19

Mom Bush, as I have always known her, was like my second mother. She took me in after college and when I had no one else in Fort Lauderdale. Mom Bush was the sweetest and most caring and most interesting person I think I've ever known. She made me a part of the family and I am going to miss her so much. She always considered me as one of her children.


James Tilton posted on 7/9/19

Mary Bush is one of those rare individuals that lived by the golden rule in her daily walk with the Lord. I was blessed to have her for a mother in law for the past 37 years. Before that I knew her and her husband Marvin as our MYF counselors at Saint Andrews UMC. She raised 8 great kids and still had time to help many other kids at church and in the Wilton Manors neighbor hood. She always had time to help others and lived the Christian life in deeds and not just talk. I will always remember her as Ma Bush my second mother. It is comforting to know that now she is at peace with the Lord and Savior Jesus and reunited with her heavenly family. She will be missed but will live on in our fond memories and through the legacy of a wonderful family of children and grand children.


Jim Mitchell posted on 7/7/19

Our prayers are with the family. Mary Bush was a special lady to the upmost. Mary was a woman with strong faith in her Lord Jesus Christ and served Jesus in so many ways. Thank God for Mary Bush and Thank God for her victory in Jesus. We love you, Mary! ~Jim and Nancy Mitchell