Ethel M. Bush
Ethel M. Bush, 97, a volunteer at Pine Crest Elementary School in Silver Spring and a 4-H leader in Howard County, died Dec. 17 at her daughter’s home in Glasgow, in southwestern Virginia. She had complications from heart disease and a stroke.
Her family confirmed the death.
Ethel Mildred Klinger was born in Newark. She served in the Women’s Army Corps in Europe during World War II and then settled in the Washington area.
She lived for many years in Clarksville, in Howard County, and made costumes for children’s ballet performances. In 1985, she moved to Lexington, Va., and she moved in with her daughter last year.
Mrs. Bush was a former singer with the Sweet Adelines, a women’s barbershop chorus.
Her husband, George B. Bush, whom she married in 1945, died in 2011. Two of their sons have died, George G. Bush in 1952 and Alan Bush in 1974.
Survivors include three children, Basira Harpster of Shipman, Va., Wendy Duke of Glasgow and David Bush of Fishersville, Va.; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.