When she was 10-years-old, her father was killed in a car accident and Bette and her brother, Dick became very close siblings as they helped their mother through the devastation of widowhood during the Great Depression. The strength and character she developed in her early years guided her throughout her life.
Bette married her high school sweetheart, Wesley Darrel Bush, in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 10, 1942, and they were later sealed in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. Within a few months of their marriage, Wes shipped out to serve in the USMC during World War II. They were separated throughout the remainder of the war. After their happy reunion, they started their family in Tooele, Utah before relocating to California.
Bette was a vibrant woman of many gifts and talents. She was an excellent cook and homemaker who made everyone feel welcome and loved. Outside the home, she worked as an executive secretary for many years. She was intelligent, outgoing and truly interested in the lives of others. She was an avid reader who never stopped learning and constantly applied herself to new challenges and tasks, particularly in the area of family research and genealogy.
She was also an active member of the LDS church who regularly attended the temple and held church callings until her death. She also gave much service to her community, volunteering in many capacities and serving on the Washington County Council for the Aging and as treasurer of the Betty Club. Her small and large acts of service touched the lives of many. Her youthful spirit was an inspiration to anyone who knew her.
Bette was able to travel extensively with Wes for many years and even after his passing continued her adventures abroad with family and friends. She loved animals, flowers, and everything lovely. She never lost her zeal for living and always maintained a positive attitude. She was a fighter who survived a massive heart attack and many other health problems in her later years. She was a great example of devotion to faith and family. She dedicated her entire 91 years to the service of others. We were hoping she would live forever, but we are so blessed to have her as long as we did. She was our champion.
Bette is survived by her children: Steve (Lori) Bush of Sonoma, California, Richard Bush of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Melanie (Randy) Garber of Las Vegas, and Juli (Mike) James of Lindon Utah. She was a loving and outstanding grandmother of 21, great-grandmother of 42 and great-great-grandmother of two. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley; her brother, Dick; granddaughter, Elizabeth; and great-grandson twins, Randy and Joshua Garber. They are among many others she dearly loved who have welcomed her home.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Green Valley LDS 3rd Ward Chapel, 1282 West 500 South, St. George, Utah. Friends may visit at Metcalf Mortuary on Monday evening, February 3rd from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Bette will be buried beside her husband in the Tooele City Cemetery on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 with graveside service at 2 pm.
Sincere thanks to all who have expressed love and support to our family during Bette's illness, we deeply appreciate all that has been done for our family during this difficult time. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.