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Mary Jean Bushnell Obituary
Mary Jean Bushnell

Mary Jean Bushnell (Moore) passed away on April 5, 2013, at the age of 91. She was born in Seattle and lived there all her life. Mary Jean is survived by her husband Sherman "Bud" Bushnell, six children, 18 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. She attended John Hay Elementary School, Queen Anne High School, the University of Washington, and Western Washington University, graduating with a degree in education. She began her life long love of children as a kindergarten teacher, commuting across Lake Washington from Madison Park to Kirkland.

Mary Jean was active in Camp Fire, the Seattle Zoo as a docent, PEO Chapter DL, and Sand Point United Methodist Community Church. She met her husband Bud in 1939, while playing in the Queen Anne High School band. They were married on April 4, 1943, beginning a journey of love for the next 70 years. She was always a willing partner in their sailing and RV adventures, their homes in Seattle, Poulsbo, and Florida, and the forty years they lived on a house boat in Portage Bay. She loved gardening and was especially fond of roses.

Mary Jean's spirit and love of life endeared all who met her. She always saw the glass half full and trusted the good in everyone. If you knew her you knew love and caring. If you were a stranger passing her by, you would smile. Every baby was hers to hold, every child hers to help, and every moment with her was a gift of joy to others. She was cherished by a husband and family whose lives were forever inspired and enriched by her presence.

A family memorial service was held on April 7th. Remembrances may be made to the Ben Towne Foundation: 4616 25th Ave NE #717, Seattle, WA 98105.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 14, 2013
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