Madelaine Bush, 86

On Saturday morning, Dec. 8, 2007, the eternal spirit of Madelaine Drummond Bush entered into the presence of her heavenly Father. Madelaine was born in Fort Worth, May 31, 1921, the only child of A.A. (Jack) Drummond and Madelaine Russell Drummond. Both of her parents came from pioneer families that built cattle ranches in Texas and Oklahoma. Madelaine’s early childhood was spent in Hominy, Okla. where she began school. She went on to graduate from Thomas Jefferson High School and later attended Incarnate Word College, both in San Antonio. She also received her degree from North Texas State University in 1971. Tenacity, integrity, grit and dignity are just a few adjectives to describe this intelligent and sophisticated woman. During World War II, while attending a dance at a military base in San Antonio, Madelaine met her future husband, Oliver F. (Mike) Bush, an officer and a flight surgeon for the U.S. Army Air Corps. They were married Sept. 9, 1944, and enjoyed a beautiful marriage for over 60 years until Mike’s death March 31, 2005. Madelaine and Mike made their homes in Menard, Dallas, Gunnison, Colo., Santa Fe, N.M. and Fort Collins, Colo. They are survived by their six children, Michael Bush and wife, Belinda, and Bob Bush and wife, Gay, both of Fort Worth, Dr. John Bush and wife, Berta, of Tucson, Ariz., Joe Bush of Shidler, Okla., Dr. Jim Bush and wife, Kay, and Madelaine Asbury and husband, David, both of Fort Collins, Colo.; 16 grandchildren, Alex Bush, Barbara Ellen Gaffney, Dru Bush, Maggie Werking, Callan Bush, Katie Bush, Laura Bush, Colleen Bush, Eric Bush, Marie Bush, Paul Bush, Claire Bush, James Iain Bush, Kathy Bush, Jonathan Asbury, Laine Asbury and one great- grandson, Leonidas Bush. Faith was the foundation of Madelaine’s life and the greatest legacy that she left her family and friends. She was a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites and was always very involved with her church. Madelaine enjoyed many hobbies, including painting and weaving, and also loved animals, especially the many dogs and cats she had throughout the years. She will be missed, but we know that her example of simple faith will live on in the ones that she loved and who loved her. Vigil service and recitation of the Rosary will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 21 at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish with Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m., Dec. 22 at St. Joseph Catholic church and interment at 11 a.m., Dec. 24 at Grandview Cemetery, all in Fort Collins, Colo. Please go to to sign the guestbook and express your thoughts and memories of Madelaine.

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