Mary H. Bush

Wednesday 22nd of December 1926 - Sunday 6th of September 2020

Mary H. Bush


Graveside Service

Sep 12, 2020 (11:00 am )

Winchester Cemetery

625 W Lexington Ave., Winchester, KY

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Clergy Scott Cervas

Mary Owen Hitt Bush, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died September 6th, 2020 at her residence at the age of 93. She was born to Sellers and Clyde Barnes Hitt on December 22, 1926 in Lexington, Ky. 


She graduated from Clark County High School in 1943. After high school she worked at Western Union, first in WInchester and then in Paducah, Ky.  She married in 1947 and had 5 children, after which she went to work at Parker Seal as a teletype operator for 9 years. She later went to work at Blood Horse Magazine as a type setter and at Eagle Window Sales as an office worker.


Early on she served as a cub scout leader for her sons. She later delivered for Meals on Wheels and volunteered at Meadowthorpe Elementary School as a class assistant. She also helped many friends and neighbors in their last years by providing care, meals and friendship. She stayed very active all her retired life until blindness limited her. She did all kinds of handiwork including sewing, knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch, chair caning, and basket weaving. Everyone looked forward to Christmas to receive her famous bourbon balls and cream candy. Cream candy making takes muscle and stamina. She had both of those qualities and could out pull anyone. 


She also walked in the Bluegrass 10,000 for many years and was up in her 80’s the last time she walked. Even when she was legally blind she could be seen 4 streets over walking her two miles a day as reported by neighbors.


After she was widowed she raised two golden retrievers which she spoiled to death. Good thing she didn’t raise us that way.


She was a member of Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church for 63 years and raised her children there. She was an elder and clerk of session, taught Sunday school, Bible school, sang in the choir and was receiving treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Presbyterian Women and served as circle chair.

Mary also participated in the Sanders-Brown study for Alzheimer's Research for 16 years and graciously donated to the research cause. 


She is survived by son Enoch Robinson (Robby) Bush, III(Maureen), daughters, Nora Bush Combs Warman, Barbara Bush Lytle (Roger Hamperian), and Callie Bush Paddock (Bob) and daughter in law Brenda Adams Bush. Grandchildren, Jonas, Erin, David, Jonathan, Jacob, Audrey, Tracy, Alison, Carrie, Kevin and Michael and 20 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Enoch Robinson (ER) Bush Jr., son Coleman Dawes Bush, grandson Philip, great grandson Jackson, sister Lois Moore, brothers William D Hitt and Robert Hitt and nephew William Owen Moore. 


We’d like to thank her caregivers, Karen McGee and Alicia Green for providing such loving care during her last months and years.


In lieu of flowers donations to Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church 356 Hillsboro Ave. Lexington Ky and Kentucky Talking Book Library PO Box 537, Frankfort, Ky 40602 which provided many hours of pleasure after she lost her sight or a charity of your choosing. 


Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Mary’s service arrangements. Family graveside services will be at Winchester Cemetery Saturday, September 12th at 11 a.m. officiated by Scott Cervas. Mask usage and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to during this event.


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Guest Book

Gina Short


Mary Owen was truly a 'gem'. She knew how to make you feel at ease and just had that 'light'. What an impression she had on me as a young adult! I will never forget her kindness. Although I'd not seen her in years, she always remained in my thoughts and heart. RIP Mary Owen

1 day ago

Patsy Vester


Barbara, Callie and Nora We are deeply saddened by the passing of your mom. She was a loving, caring and kind person. I’m sure she is in heaven with mom and they’re singing in the Angel Choir. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Patsy and Fred Vester

1 day ago

Alicia Green


Nora/Callie/Barbara/Robbie/family. Although I took care of Mrs. Mary, for only 6 months know that it was my pleasure to be a help in the time of need. She was such a beautiful soul and will truly be missed! Absence from the body.... presence with the LORD.

1 week ago

Carolyn Troyer


I first met Mary Owen at the Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Preschool. I thought "what a terrific grandmother she is!" Always kind and giving, she volunteered for so many neighborhood activities. A key to her longevity, I'm sure, was walking her beautiful dog in neighborhood. The neighborhood and I will miss her.

1 week ago

Tom and Angie Sears


Barbara, Callie and Nora - I am so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. May God bless you and bring you comfort.

1 week ago

Shirley Young


I'll always remember Mary's sweet smile and her gentle kindness. May she rest peacefully in the arms of the Angels forevermore.

1 week ago