2016-05-13 / Obituaries

Esther Bush

Esther M. Bush, 81, a longtime resident of Kennebunk and Arundel, died Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Kennebunk following a period of failing health.

Esther was born May 11, 1935 in Biddeford, the daughter of Clarence and Ruth Inniss Wormwood, and attended Arundel and Kennebunk schools.

In 1952 she married the love of her life, Joseph F. Bush, and together they celebrated 63 years of marriage and raised their five children.

She always put her family first, creating a loving and warm home for her family, supporting and following her children’s and eventually grandchildren’s sporting events and other activities.

Esther and Joseph spent many winters in Avon Park, Florida. She enjoyed knitting, cooking and taking camping trips with her family.

She is predeceased by her husband Joseph F. Bush, Sr., who passed away Feb. 27, 2016, and by her son-in-law Rick Dues.

She is survived by a son, Joseph F. Bush, Jr. and his wife Beth of Kennebunk; four daughters Evelyn Cole and husband Kenneth, Cindy Dues, and Diane Reynolds, all of Kennebunk, and Karen Lapera of Avon Park, Florida; one brother, Reuben Inniss of Arundel; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews.

There are no calling hours. A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish – St. Martha’s Church, Kennebunk. Interment for Joseph and Esther Bush will follow, with military honors for Joseph, in Woodlawn Cemetery in Biddeford.

Should friends desire, donations in Mrs. Bush’s memory can be made to: Kennebunk Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Attn: Activities Dept., 158 Ross Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Esther’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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