Denise Leigh Bushart , 47, of Alvin, Texas passed away on Friday, February 1, 2013 at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was born on November 30, 1965 to Clyde Bushart and Bernadine (DeWitt) Bushart in Patuxent River, Maryland. Denise was a beloved daughter and sister. Throughout her battle with triple negative breast cancer
, her positive attitude and determination to remain actively engaged with her family, friends and her job inspired all who knew her. She demonstrated true grace under pressure.
She was a life-long learner, graduated from Alvin High School; earned a certification in cosmetology from San Jacinto Community College; a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Texas; a Master's degree in counseling and mid-management certification from the University of Houston.
She began her 21 year career in education with the Houston Independent School District. She also taught at Stevenson Primary School in Alvin before becoming a counselor for the Windham School District, TDCJ. Denise was principal of the Gist State Jail in Beaumont, Texas, the Ramsey Unit, Stringfellow Unit and Terrell Unit in Rosharon, Texas and the Carol Young Unit in Texas City. She approached each assignment with professionalism, dedication and a firm belief in the value of education for all learners.
Denise often credited her cosmetology experiences for her amazing people skills and her ability to bring out the best in others. She had a knack for applying simple solutions to complex situations and her sense of humor served her well. Creative and artistic, she loved her family and friends, reading, music, working on projects and cooking. Her interest in food led to a fascinating cookbook collection that she enjoyed and shared.
She is survived by her parents, Clyde and Bernadine Bushart of Liverpool, Texas; brother Robert Bushart and his wife Michelle; nieces, Rachel and Savanna Bushart of Dahlonega, Georgia; aunt Sarah Crider; cousins, Deana, CJ, Sarah and Robbie Springer of Pensacola, Florida; many relatives and cherished friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. at the Ramsey Unit, 1100 FM 655,Rosharon, Texas 77583.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the MD Anderson Cancer Center Moon Shots Program targeting triple negative breast cancer at www.cancermoonshots.org
Condolences may be sent to the Bushart Family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com