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Elaine Bush


May 9, 1938
November 12, 2020

Visitation 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2020 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia
Funeral Private services - First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Centralia

Reverend Elaine Mae Bush, 82, of Centralia, was welcomed to Heaven’s celebration for her homecoming on Thursday, November 12, 2020. She was born on May 9, 1938 the daughter of Glen A. and Georgia Mae (Linden) McCullough in Ottumwa, Iowa. She married the love of her life, Herbert L. Bush on April 5, 1975 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Centralia and he preceded her in death on August 17, 2002.

Survivors that will remember Elaine’s kind smile and zest for life include her treasured sister, Janet Houser of Centerville, IA; special nieces, Glynis (Wayne) Worthington of Cedar Falls, IA, Kristina Houser of Lafayette, CO, Lisa Houser (Scott Rasmus) of Hayden, ID, and Marni (Jason) Beck of Ankeny, IA; great nieces, great nephews, Jesse Bacon, Kim Bacon, Ryannan (Jesse) Mulkins, Wayne (Aynne) Worthington, Kate (Billy) Pugh, Haley Beck, Jacob Beck, John Worthington & Elizabeth Worthington; and great-great nieces, Rylee Mulkins, and Jayda Mulkins; her Centralia family, long time traveling companion, Betty Scarbrough, longtime friends, Pete and Kathy Ballantini, Brian and Gina Speiser and family, Dawn Ballantini and family, Sean and Beth Ballantini and family; her special feline friend, Minnie; many treasured friends and the Centralia community.

Along with her beloved husband of 27 years, Herbert Bush, Elaine was preceded in death by both her parents; and sister, Marjorie Houser.

Mrs. Bush called Iowa her home for the early years of her life. She valued education and earned her B.A. in 1965 and a Master of Divinity in 1968 from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She was ordained on August 11, 1968 at Moulton Christian Church in Iowa. Elaine had a true servant’s heart and held many positions within her church serving as an associate minister for 12 years at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She was a past Chaplain of VVA- TIP Hospice as well as a teacher of Good Fellowship Class. For Christian Women’s Fellowship of the Christian Church, in Illinois and Wisconsin, Elaine served as president, Service-Day chairman, education chairman, director of Junior Camps, and she also served as Minister of Education at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Independence, Missouri. She was a group leader and study chairman at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Centralia. Elaine was a past president of Church Women United in Centralia and currently served as coordinator of volunteers for nursing home worship services, and Meals with a Mission. She was president of Ceneca (Shriner’s Wives) and a life member of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. Elaine was a past president and treasurer of Centralia Women’s Club, and Centralia Junior Women’s Club. She was an active member of 23rd District Women’s Club, and past state board member of G.F.W.C. She found fulfillment in God’s calling on her life and was always ready to shine her light wherever it was needed.

Elaine humbly officiated many celebrations of life services and had a special way of bringing God’s comfort to those that had lost a loved one with her message of hope and love. She enjoyed time spent knitting, having talent in her fingers, to create beautiful pieces for family and friends. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, in person & by phone calls. Always there to brighten a person's day. She enjoyed many bus trips with her good friend Betty Scarbrough. Growing up in Iowa, Elaine was spoiled with snowy winters which gave her a passion for the stillness and wonder of a fresh snowfall. Elaine and her husband, Herb liked to share the challenge of a good game of golf and made lasting friendships at the Colonial Golf Course. She had a friendly, outgoing personality and talked easily with others, glad to offer words of encouragement. Her life was a gift to all the people she knew. Elaine’s legacy of loving God and loving God’s people will continue to be an inspiration for future generations.

Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is privileged to be assisting the family of Elaine Bush with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at privately at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Centralia with Rev. Paula Comper officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia. A visitation time to offer condolences to Elaine’s family and friends will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia on, Sunday, November 15, 2020 where those in attendance will be asked to wear a mask and the number of people in the funeral home at one time will be limited. Sadly, due to current health restrictions, Elaine’s out of state family will not be able to be in attendance. Memorials may be made in Elaine’s honor to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Centralia Women’s Club, or Church Women United and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories of Elaine may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.