The Pryor Times


June 26, 2014

Obituary- Rush

Pryor Times — Funeral services for Maria Joe Lindsey Rush are Friday, June 27, 10 a.m. at Chouteau United Methodist Church, Chouteau. The Revs. Connie Taylor, Bill Buttrum and Dr. John Stuckey will officiate with interment following at Chouteau North Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel

Rush was born March 13, 1929, in Chouteau. She died June 23 Tulsa. She was 85.

She went to the Methodist Church in Chouteau her whole life. The original church burned around 1955, and she was there when the new one was built. She had 45 years of perfect attendance in the Sunday School. The only time she missed was due to surgery.

She attended Chouteau schools and never missed a day in 12 years. In fact, she actually went to school one day when it was cancelled due to snow. She walked in the snow because she didn’t want to jeopardize her perfect attendance. She arrived to find the principal and one other student from the east side of town. Then she refused to leave. Only after the principal threatened her with an absence did she go home.

She was born and grew up in the big house at 123 N. Hayden in Chouteau. She was the youngest of three children. At one time, she reportedly had 17 dogs and cats. She never wanted to see a dog or cat go hungry.

She attended Northeastern State University to study elementary education. While at NSU, she was invited on a blind date with her future husband Merwin “Poodle” Rush.

The couple got married but didn’t live together or tell her parents for two weeks because she thought her Dad (Gordon Lindsey) didn’t like her choice for a husband. Her mother-in-law finally convinced them that they better spill the beans as the marriage was coming out in the local paper.

The couple had two children. She had just quit teaching at Inola and had accepted a job at Chouteau when she went to the doctor thinking she might have a tumor. This turned out to be sone Mike. Fifteen months later, Mary was born.

She taught vocal music for four years in Inola, stayed home nine years to raise her two kids, then returned to teaching. She taught a total of 29 years in Chouteau.

She was a member of the local Red Hat Society, the Chouteau Garden Club, and Chouteau United Methodist church where she played piano for over 70 years.

“You have to live every day to the fullest because you never know how many you have… I’m 85 years old and I don’t know how many more I will have,” she said recently.

She enjoyed lunch dates with her good friend Peggy Roberts, shopping dates with her granddaughter Lindsey Killebrew and lunch dates with her good friends Linda Nelson, Donna Goble and Pastor Connie Taylor.

Most important to her was spending time with her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Rush is survived by son Mike Rush of Chouteau and friend Jeannie Campbell of Bentonville, Ark.; daughter Mary Girty and husband Kevin, Pryor; grandchildren Naomi Budder of Salina, Andrew Rush of Chouteau, Lindsey Jo Rush of Chouteau and Lindsey Killebrew of Tulsa; great-grandchildren Bethany Chupp of Chouteau, Jacob Chupp of Chouteau, Madolyn, Orion and Bella Browning of Chouteau and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Merwin “Poodle” Rush, parents Gordon and Annabel Lindsey, brother James Lindsey, sister Virginia Hastings and grandson John Leonard Killebrew.

The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday, June 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stephens Memorial Chapel.

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