Rose Bush

January 17, 1925March 20, 2018

Rose Bush, 93, of Hanna City, formerly of Farmington, passed away Tuesday morning, March 20, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born January 17, 1925 in Swindon Wilts, England to Stanley and Rose Watts. She married Douglas Bush on September 8, 1951 in Swindon Wilts. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2007. Her parents also preceded her in death.

Surviving are their three daughters, Elaine (Joe) Atchley of Peoria, Sylvia (Steve) Kelley of Farmington and Trish (Matt) Szentes of Hanna City with whom she made her home; eight grandchildren, eight great-grand children with one on the way; one sister Doris Davison of Rigby, ID.; one brother, Fred (Peg) Watts of Washington, IL.; and her faithful four legged friend and companion Toby.

Rose and Doug immigrated from England aboard the Queen Mary in May of 1952 and settled in Farmington, IL where they raised their family. Rose loved to travel with her husband and family, Sunday dinners with the children and grandchildren and tending her flower garden. She was a talented woman who enjoyed knitting, sewing, and took pride in making clothing and even wedding dresses for her daughters.

Rose's request was for cremation with no service. Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or to Luthy Botanical Gardens. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at


  • Stanley Watts, Father
  • Rose (Gibson) Watts, Mother
  • Douglas Bush, Husband
  • Elaine (Joe) Atchley, Daughter
  • Sylvia (Steve) Kelley, Daughter
  • Trish (Matt) Szentes, Daughter
  • ~ eight ~, Grandchildren
  • ~ eight with one on the way ~, Great-Grandchildren
  • Doris Davison, Sister
  • Fred (Peg) Watts, Brother
  • ~ Toby ~, Faithful four legged friend and companion
  • Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Luthy Botanical Gardens


  • Rose's request was for cremation with no service.

Rose Bush

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March 24, 2018

Michelle Elam

March 20, 2018

Rose, your smiling face and warm greetings were always a joy when I visited my grandma and grandpa Hittle’s house on Fort Hill. You were such a wonderful addition to the Farmington community. You will be missed!!

Jeanne Davison

March 20, 2018

Dearest Rose,
I miss you and Uncle Doug coming to stay with us during the winter and going shopping for flowers for my gardens..Our trips to Independence Texas and to the Vineyards..You always loved seeing our Bluebonnets and saying you got to have two Springs each year...and now you and Uncle Doug are back together and every day is Eternal Spring for you two.....Love Jeanne and Gary