Lenora Bush

Lenora Joyce Bush

Friday, January 22nd, 1937 - Monday, April 6th, 2020
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Lenora Joyce Bush (nee Harris), age 83, of Pennsauken, NJ passed away with her loving husband by her side on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Lenora Joyce Bush was born January 22, 1937 in Jacksonville, Florida. She was the second of three children born to Leroy T. and Wilhelmina J. Harris. She resided in Jacksonville, Florida until the age of five when her family relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lenora began her education at St. Ignatius Catholic School and later graduated from West Catholic Girls High School. After the completion of her high school education, she continued her education at Cheyney University and received a Bachelors of Science in Education. Lenora was later awarded a Masters of Arts in Education from Temple University.

Lenora was employed with the School District of Philadelphia from 1958 until her retirement in 1991. She began working at that Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School and then the Frank Palumbo Elementary School in South Philadelphia. She had a passion for teaching and loved all of the children and families she worked with.

Lenora was baptized in 1975 and became a dedicated servant of Jehovah. She served as a zealous auxiliary pioneer for the East Camden Congregation. Lenora was devoted to Jehovah and ministered to people all over her territory for many years.

In 1975, Lenora married her longtime friend Freddie Lee Bush Jr. Lenora and Freddie "Sonny" had one daughter, Crystal Lee Bush in 1976.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed Field Ministry, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, gardening, vacationing (especially in Ocean City Maryland), and spending time with her loving family.

Lenora was the true matriarch of her family and was blessed with her first grandchild in 1991 and spent the next decade caring for all of her grandchildren. She had a love for music and frequently took her grandchildren to concerts in the park that they affectionately called, "The Funky Party".

After her stroke in 2002, Lenora spent the first few years rehabilitating at her home. Her loving husband Sonny was her caregiver for many years. Sonny would take her to visit with her grandchildren weekly for "Grandparent Night". Lenora's stroke restricted her mobility but, she continued to enjoy life at home with her husband, family, and friends.

Lenora leaves to cherish her memory; her husband Freddie Lee Bush Jr.; two sons Charles and Leroy Heartsfield (Carmela), daughter Crystal Lee Wilson (Thomas); sister, Barbara J. Harris; grandchildren, Matthew Heartsfield, Justin Heartsfield, and Amaya McGuire. She was predeceased by her sister, Gloria E. Ross.
Services will be held privately for the family. Lenora will be interred at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements will be made by Mount Laurel Home for Funerals.
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