AUGUSTA, Ga. - Marie (Frenchie) Battey Bush died on March 12, 2012 at Trinity Hospital. Born on September 15, 1926, in Augusta, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Wm. Whatley Battey, Jr. Mrs. Bush attended Mount St. Joseph in Augusta, Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY, and Traphagen School of Design in New York City. She worked as a fashion designer in New York City with Lily Dache. She returned to Augusta and married William (Bill) Glascock Bush in 1950. She was President of the Junior League of Augusta in 1956, President of the Speech and Hearing Center, and President of the Sand Hills Garden Club. She served as Zone Chairman of the Garden Club of America in 1980-81 and Augusta Town Chair of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia. She was a member of the Augusta Assembly, the Augusta Country Club, the Sundial Garden Club, and the Sewing Club. She and her late husband Bill founded Historic Augusta, Inc. in 1965 and were instrumental in establishing Historic Augusta as a leading preservation organization in the Southeast. For her role in saving numerous historic buildings in Augusta, including the Old Government House, Gertrude Herbert Art Institute, and the Old Medical College, she was highlighted in Movers & Shakers in Georgia in 1978 and received the Garden Club of America Historic Preservation Award for Zone VIII. She was a Commander and Lady of Merit of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. She co-founded the Battey Bush Trust for Education Development for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah and contributed to numerous community, religious and evangelical organizations throughout her life. She is survived by her children Mary Norwood (Felton), Ware Bush (Helen), Gigi Taylor (Doug), all of Atlanta, John Bush (Peri) of Liberty, South Carolina, and Whatley Bush (Shannon), and George Bush (Nicci) of Augusta. And grandchildren, John Battey Bush, William Bush, Andrew Bush, Barrett Bush, Nathaniel Bush, Ginia Taylor, Bill Bush, Weston Bush, and Gracey Bush. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home at 4255 Columbia Road with a Rosary following at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral will be held at St. Mary On The Hill Catholic Church on Thursday, March 15, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Scott Winchel celebrant. The interment will follow at Summerville Cemetery. Her joie de vivre and pith helmet will be missed by her family, friends, and all whom she touched in her long and wonderful life in Augusta. The family suggests that donations be made to Historic Augusta, Inc., P.O. Box 37, 30903 or St. Mary On The Hill Catholic Church, 1420 Monte Sano Avenue, 30904.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2012