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Mary Louise Bush

September 2, 1917 ~ June 6, 2019 (age 101)

Mary Louise Bush, 101, passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2019.

Louise was the daughter of the late John Calvin Giddens and Margaret Elizabeth Floyd Giddens.

Born September 2, 1917, in Sumter County, Florida, spending her early years in Winter Garden, Florida. She also lived in Plant City for a few years before moving to Lakeland permanently. In 1948, she married W.P. “Mac” Bush. They were married 28 years before his death.

After graduating from business school she began her career as a bookkeeper at the New Florida Hotel. After raising her children Louise returned to work as a bookkeeper, first for Joe P. Ruthven at OK Tire Store, then for Jerry Ruthven when he opened his own tire store.

Louise was known by her family and friends for her love of flowers, working with ceramics, crocheting, and many other crafts.

She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Lakeland.

Louise was also proceeded in death by her son, Fred Bush, Daughter-in-law, Bonnie Bush; siblings, Gertrude Graham, Elva Hall, Rozelle Missar and Frederick Giddens.

She is survived by her daughter, Alice Bentley, son-in-law, Don; son Clifton Bush; granddaughter, Toni Magrum and her husband Brian, and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held 10:00 to 11:00AM, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, with service to follow at 11:00AM at Lanier Funeral and Cremation Services, 717 Griffin Road, Lakeland, Florida 33805.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice. Online condolences may be left at

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