OBITUARY

Margaret Ozelle Bush

April 24, 1924April 23, 2021

Margaret Ozelle Bush died at her home in Colorado Springs on April 23, 2021, one day before her 97th birthday. Margaret was born on April 24, 1921, in Wichita, KS, to William Earl & Agnes Hyatt. Margaret is survived by her three children, Michael Bush (Gretchen) of Sonoma, CA, and Patricia Bush and Shari Henson, both of Colorado Springs. Michael was by her side when she died, with her daughters attentively nearby. She was blessed with six grandchildren, Kevin Prescott (Rae Lynn), Sean Prescott, Kelly Harrington (Monty), Amelia Kennedy, Austin Bush, and Heather Hinrichsen, thirteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Margaret was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Lt. Col. Donald W. Bush, on August 14, 2007, as well as her parents, her two brothers – Lyman Hyatt and Dick Hyatt, and her sister, Eileen Isaacson.

Raised in Wichita, KS, Margaret’s family and friends called her “Ozzie” when she was a kid, a nickname assigned to her by her mother and one she was quick to leave behind once she was grown. Margaret graduated from Wichita East High School and married Don on May 8, 1942, at Hillside Methodist Church of Wichita. In 1943, Don enlisted in the Air Force as an Aviation Cadet, which took him to Europe for nearly two years during WWII. In the spring of 1944, their first daughter, Patricia, was born while Don was away. Not long after the war, two more children arrived: Michael, 1946, and Sharon, 1948.

One of her favorite occupations was color-tinting sepia portraits by hand. When Don was recalled by the Air Force in 1951 as a Major to work in air traffic control, Margaret and the children moved with him to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK. From there, Don and Margaret began a 15-year tour of various stateside and overseas assignments. Settling most times for only two years at a new base, Margaret took great pride as an officer’s wife and mother in the care and keeping of their home and family. In 1966, Don and Margaret retired to NM, moving later to Howard, CO, where they owned and operated Sugarbush Campground. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1972, lived for several years in a mountain home in Chipita Park, then settled again in Colorado Springs in 1988. A talented soprano, Margaret enjoyed singing in duets, quartets, and choirs and listening to opera. She was an accomplished homemaker and hostess, with an occasional flare for adventure, which prompted her to experience indoor skydiving on her 90th birthday. She was a kind and loving mother, granny, and aunt to her family.

A funeral service will be held at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery on Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m., followed by a graveside service.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Reception

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

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