FOREST CITY - Sarah Mae Kincaid Bush, 80, of Dogwood Valley Road, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at her residence. A native of Gaston County, she was born on July 10, 1933, a daughter of the late Arnold Wesley and Janie Sue Dodd Kincaid.
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She was a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Appalachian State University. She retired as a teacher from Tri-Community Elementary School and was a member of Caroleen Baptist Church. Sarah was married for 61 years to the love of her life, Bobby Ray Bush.
She touched the lives of countless students during her 20 years of teaching. After her retirement, she continued being an advocate for students by serving on the Rutherford County Board of Education. In 2005, she was selected as an Honor Member of the Gardner-Webb University Gallery of Distinguished Graduates. Her favorite word and motto in life was "JOY" which to her meant Jesus First, Others second, and Yourself last. She courageously battled M.S. for 54 years, never complaining, but always smiling and living everyday for the Lord. She never thought of herself first, and always thought of what she could do for someone else.
She enjoyed scrapbooking and lovingly created many treasures that can be viewed forever. She loved Duke Basketball, the beach, sledding, gardening, sports and making cards on the computer. She created her beautiful cards on the computer and then sent them to others, hoping to help brighten their lives. She was a loving friend and prayer warrior for many people and loved to listen and care for others. She was a loving, caring, precious mother to her two daughters, Linda and Karen. She was also the #1 Granny and Great Granny to her grandson, Matt and great-granddaughter, Prezley.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, David Kincaid and Robert Kincaid; one sister, Iva Jean Beason; and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Beason, Curtis Mae and Ralph Brown, Jimmy Bush, Edward Bush, and Frances Floyd.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby Ray Bush; two daughters, Linda Bush Upton and fiancé Barry Braxley of Forest City and Karen Bush Hill and husband Brent of Green Hill; one sister, Edith Jane Adams and husband Jerry of Kings Mountain; one sister-in-law, Franda Kincaid of Simpsonville, S.C., and Betty Bush of Summerville, Ga.; one grandson, Matt Arrowood and wife Melissa; one great-granddaughter, Prezley Grace Arrowood; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall, and at other times at the home.
Celebration of Sarah's Life: 5 p.m. Thursday at Caroleen Baptist Church
Officiated by: The Rev. Jeff Watts
Funeral home: McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Sarah asks that memorials be made to a
Online guest register: www.mckinneylandrethcarroll.com
Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 1, 2014