DELLA M. (DELL) J. LEWIS BUSH was born in Houston, Texas on November 29, 1919 and died at home in the Heights on February 4, 2009. She was predeceased by her parents, Esther Bobo and Matthew Johnson, by two beloved husbands, John (Jack) Meredith Lewis and Forrest Woodrow Bush, her grandson Stephen Gottfried Hukill and by her brother Juane Bobo. She is survived by her Daughter Anne Barbour Lewis Hukill, her husband Robert and by grandson John (Jack) Meredith Lewis Hukill. Surviving also are stepdaughter Rene Guiberteau, her sons Larry Guiberteau and Richard Guiberteau with his wife Julie and great-granddaughter Sara Ann. Other survivors include her lifelong friend and sister, Viola Rask, sister Leanna Parker and husband Howard, sister-in-law Marge Bobo, brothers Jeff and Marianne Bobo of Long Melford, England; Tom and Evelyn Bobo of Russellville, Ark,; Charles and Kay Bobo of Houston; John and Betty Bobo of Austin, Texas and by dearly loved nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to list. Personally, Dell's deep Christian faith, her family and her friends were the most important things in life to her. Professionally, she enjoyed a long career in education. She re-introduced the teaching of German into the high school curriculum in Houston. (It had not been taught in the schools since WW 1) Growth was important to Dell and was achieved with a Fulbright Award abroad, with a number of summer study grants and an academic year fellowship at U. of Colorado as well as continuing personal and private study. Dell served as national vice president of the American Association of Teachers of German and on national Teacher Training and Publications committees of AATG. Locally, she served as the first president of the local region AATG, and as president of the Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Languages. With an AFS Educator II award to Switzerland, she added lifelong friends in that country as well as in Germany. In 1976, Dell was decorated by the Federal Republic of Germany with the Cross of Merit (das Verdienstkreuz am Bande). She retired In 1985 while serving as director of HISD's Foreign Language Academy and continued to be involved in many academic activities as long as her health permitted. Funeral services will be at 10:30am on Monday, February 9th at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4040 Watonga, Houston, Texas 77092. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 8th from 5-8pm at Heights Funeral Home. Dell requested that no flowers be sent. Those who wish may make a gift of remembrance to Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 6, 2009