Annie May "Nan" Bush

"Nan" Annie May Bush

March 21, 1918 ~ September 20, 2013

"Nan" was born in New Westminster, British Columbia on March 21, 1918 to the late William and Mary Kennedy Dunwoody. She died of natural causes on September 20, 2013. She was the eldest of three daughters. She is survived by sister Sheila Mann-Bartha and preceded in death by her youngest sister, Pat Simonson. Mr. Dunwoody graduated from the Royal Irish Constabulary. William and Mary immigrated to British Columbia where he made his career in the provincial police force. In Mr. Dunwoody's service to the BC Provincial Police Force the family was stationed in many locales, but Nan always considered herself a "Nelson Girl". A bit of a character Nan had had a great sense of humor, reminiscent of her mother "Mamie", and was loved by others who enjoyed her spirit for fun.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Albert "Al". Their loving marital relationship was of nearly sixty years. Al graduated as Nelson High's class valedictorian and chose brewing as his profession. He became a brewmaster at Nelson Brewing at the age of twenty-one. They married in 1939 and she joined Al when he took a brewing position in Trail, British Columbia. She also moved with Al to Chicago where he furthered his studies in brewing at the Seibel Institute of Technology where again he again graduated class valedictorian. After graduation he went to work at Emil Sick's Rhinelander Brewery in Seattle (though no longer a brewery the building is still located just off Mercer Street). In 1950 Mr. Bush was promoted to Head brewmaster at the Rainier Brewery in Seattle. He served in this position until he retired in 1975. His twenty-five year tenure in this position was the longest for any Masterbrewer in the brewery's post Prohibition history. The couple was proud to be naturalized as United States citizens in 1952. They enjoyed secondary homes on Whidbey Island and Mazatlan, Mexico. They also enjoyed many travels and when Al couldn't find the time, Nan enjoyed many trips to Hawaii with her traveling companion, Ruth Duquet, Mr. Sick's Corporate Secretary.

Nan is survived by three loving sons: Rod and wife Maureen of Los Angeles, Peter and wife Antoinette of Seattle and John and wife Carole of Aberdeen, Scotland, seven grand children: James Michael, Joel, Katherine, Jason, Sarah, Harriet Tamsen and James Henry and four great grand children.

The family would like to give special thanks to Brian and Daniela Muresan of Brian's House and their staff for the loving care of Nan in her final years to her eventual passing.

At Nan's request, there will be no memorial service. Arrangements Entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation in Renton.

Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 29, 2013