Ernestine Bush

COLUMBIANA – Ernestine “Ernie” Bush, 90, of Columbiana, formerly of New Springfield, died Tuesday evening at St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center in Columbiana with her family at her bedside.

Born Oct. 2, 1922, in Williamson, W. Va., she was the daughter of Baz and Maggie (Wilson) Wellman.

Mrs. Bush retired from the Ohio Turnpike Commission after 25 years of service as a toll collector. She was a member of Mt. Olivet United Church of Christ in North Lima.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane (Bill) Strohecker of East Palestine and Diane (Brian) Seybert of Columbiana; a son, Robert (Cindy) Bush of Winchester, Calif.; three sisters, Dorothy Smith of Columbiana, Louise Detwiler of Salem and Anna Detwiler of Niles; three brothers, Lowell (Jan) Wellman of Sebring, Pete (Shirley) Wellman of North Lima, and Lonnie (Carolyn) Wellman of Burnsville, W. Va.

She was preceded in death June 4, 2002, by her husband, Mervin “Dee” Bush, whom she married Oct. 30, 1946.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Olivet United Church of Christ with the Rev. Melinda Q. Lacefield officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet United Church of Christ Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in North Lima and one hour prior to the services at the church Saturday.

Material contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Attn: Dept. 4, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, N. Y., 10001.

Family and friends are invited to visit to sign the guestbook or to send private condolences.