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Betty I. Bush, age 88, of Belding, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The daughter of Ellen (Johnson) & Francis H. Barnes, Sr., she was born on January 8, 1927 in Grand Rapids and was a graduate of Belding High School.

On December 11, 1954 she married William L. Bush and together they made their home in Belding and enjoyed almost fifty-two years of marriage until he passed away on November 29, 2006.

Betty retired from the General Motors Fisher-Body plant on Alpine Avenue in Grand Rapids after 25 years of service, was a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star Doric Chapter No. 75, where she had served as Worthy Matron, was a life member of the Ladies Auxilary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4406 in Belding, and was a member of Turk Lake United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  her husband, William L. "Bill" Bush;  two children, Tim Bush and Dawn Jessee; two sisters, Agnes Milhiem and Ruth Alsgaard-Smith;  three brothers, Francis H. Barnes, Jr., Robert Barnes, and Harold Barnes;  two sisters-in-law, Betty Soss Barnes and Anita Barnes;  three brothers-in-law, Ken Milhiem, Norman "Bud" Alsgaard, and Vern Smith;  and a great grandson, Dakota Dean Murphy. 

Surviving are her children, Ross & Deb Gregory of Belding, Bill & Connie Gregory of Grant, Craig & Peg Gregory of Beaver Island, and Bonnie & Art Buda of Mexico, New York; a special niece, Betty L. Hilton of Greenville; a sister-in-law, Donna Barnes of Jenison;  eighteen grandchildren;  fifteen great grandchildren; twenty-nine great grandchildren;  and many, many other dear nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, and from 10-11 a.m. on Monday at Turk Lake United Methodist Church, 8900 W. Colby Road, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday.  Pastor Kay Welsch and Pastor Eric Mulanda Nduwa will officiate and committal services will follow at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Turk Lake United Methodist Church will be available at the funeral home and the church.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Betty's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Dan and Shirley Braman on July 7, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Dear Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know she was a big part of your lives, and will be greatly missed. Dan and Shirley

  2. Jenna Gillespie on July 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a wonderful women. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

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