Mother Mary Lee Bush, was born on May 19, 1925 to Collin & Nannie Baldwin in Erwin, Mississippi. Mary was the second oldest of four children born to their union. She was married to the late Deacon Lester Bush, Sr. and moved to South Bend, IN after their marriage. She lived in South Bend with her spouse until September 1965 when they were encouraged to move to Fort Wayne IN by Pastor Cornelius Baker and lived here until her recent passing.
Mother Mary Bush had a versatile work history in life. Of her earlier years, she obtained a Dietary Supervision certificate and worked as a Dietary Supervisor at Turtle Creek North and Dove Tree Nursing Home for a number of years. She was also an employee of the Fort Wayne Urban League for a short time. She was a volunteer for C.A.S.A. (Conviction and Sentence Alternatives) working with children and parents in the court system. And she worked at Parkview Hospital (Randallia) at the Information Desk for 25 yrs. until retirement.
Mary was one who loved living life to its fullest and being involved in the church and community. She was a faithful member of Dupree Memorial COGIC, in earlier years. She was a dedicated member and Church Mother at Abundant Love at the time of her passing. Mary held numerous titles and church positions during her life. She was an ordained, licensed Missionary of the COGIC at Dupree Memorial, a longtime member of the Mothers Board, leader of the Purity Youth Auxiliary and worked with the Women’s Dept. in the 3rd Jurisdictional District. At Abundant Love, she was the leader of the
Missionary Auxiliaries, Women’s Dept. and a member of Pastoral Committee.
Other accomplishments of her life; she has always been an excellent Seamstress making creations she designed or duplicated from a picture she saw. From dresses to hats, purses, scarves, wedding gowns, formals, etc. and never used a pattern. She maintained a section in the Antique Shop (Georgetown) displaying & selling her own antiques. She started her own daycare center ‘Mary’s TLC’ at age 75; she dearly loved children and loved working with them.
She was honored as ‘Mother of the Year’ by the Fort Wayne Urban League in the early 90’s. She was co-owner of ‘B & G Grill’ that served the southeast area of Fort Wayne on Pontiac St. She also owned a Furniture Upholstery Business with her spouse for several years. And she authored her first book in 2012, titled ‘A Shift Has Come.’
Mother Mary L. Bush departed this life on October 2, 2020, she will be greatly missed, but she has ceased from labor and gained her heavenly reward.
She was preceded in death by her parents Collin and Nannie Baldwin, her spouse Deacon Lester Bush, Sr., two daughters, Mildred Lavonne Bush and Mary Ann Chapman. And siblings, Willie Mae Sanders (Greenville, MS), Freddie C. Jones, Jr. (Greenville, MS) and Mertice Elizabeth Jones (South Bend, IN)
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her children; Ida Marie (DePree) Bush, Supt. Lester A. Bush, Jr., Bishop Gary L. Bush, Sr., Min. Robert A. Bush, and Darlene Bush, all of Fort Wayne IN. Terry L. Bush, Dallas, TX, Denise I. Newsom (Floyd), Chaplain Diana Bush-Harris (J.C.), Indianapolis, IN, Four loved and special daughters; Venus (Powell) Bush, Clarice Morris, Monique Glaspie, Monica Clay; grandchildren, Michelle Mitchell, Demetrius Chapman, late Michael Chapman, Sr., Zshalondra Dufor, Courtney Dufor, James ‘Qua’ Saunders, Tranell Bush, Sr., Jason Bush, Leslie Bush, Monique Bush, LaShay Bush, Anthony Bush, Terrence Bush, Gary Bush, Jr and the late Justin Bush, Denica Newson, Floyd J. Newson, Jr., Ronald Stevenson, and a host of great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, loved ones and friends.
Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery
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