Maureen E Busse

April 10, 1938January 3, 2021

Maureen E. Busse, age 82, died on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorsville.

Maureen was born in Brooklyn on April 10th to Sheila and Charles. She was the older of two daughters. She is survived by her two children, Charles and Denise, and her daughter-in-law Hunter. Maureen is survived by her 4 grandchildren, Carter, John Robert, Molly and Sarah. She is also survived by her sister Ann and her husband, Bill, as well as her niece, Laurie, her husband and their children.

Maureen attended St. Mary’s College School of Nursing where she met her husband, Robert, while he attended Notre Dame, whom she promptly married after graduation. They resided in Scotch Plains, New Jersey while Robert attended graduate school. After the adoption of their 2 children, they moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where they lived happily for 11 years. The family then moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 1978. Maureen’s husband unexpectedly passed on December 27, 1984.

Although Maureen’s lifelong nursing career began in a hospital, she has held positions where she visited the sick and dying in their homes, worked to remove and rehabilitate child abusers, served the public at the County Health Department and nursed those in need at the County Home in Florida. Maureen also taught medical assistants at a technical school. After Maureen got her Master’s degree in Science at Nova University in 1982, she held several administrative positions, one of which included fighting Medicare fraud.

Maureen never hesitated to help those in need. She believed everyone deserved dignity as they endured illness, injury and, especially, while dying. She brought her ailing mother to Florida to help care for her. Later, Maureen moved to the west coast of Florida to care for her aging mother-in-law.

Maureen left behind many friends and neighbors who thought highly of her. Most recently, she thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship of those at her retirement community in Statesville. She kept in frequent touch with her fellow college alumni. She had many dear friendships from her time in the Soroptimist Club in Florida as well as friends in Richmond where she also lived.

Never allowing “grass to grow” under her feet, as they say, Maureen had a brilliant mind and loved mystery novels. She was extremely thorough and efficient and had incredible tenacity and patience for tedious tasks such as sewing, quilting and crafting. Maureen enjoyed playing bridge and other games and was never afraid of a challenge. She could solve or fix anything with the proper tools. Maureen’s favorite saying was, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”

Maureen’s deep lifelong Catholic faith had always given her great comfort and fortitude. She believed that one should do something instead of complain about it. She fervently believed that the best solution to self-pity or sorrow was to serve others. In the last few weeks of her life, Maureen continued to assist her fellow seniors to find proper healthcare coverage through the Shiip program of which she was a volunteer counselor.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to those doctors, nurses, CNA’s and cafeteria workers who provided compassionate care toward Mrs. Maureen Busse at Iredell Memorial Hospital and at Valley Nursing and Rehab.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Citizens for Animal Welfare, since Maureen cherished the company of her rescued cats. They can be sent to P.O. Box 88, Harmony, NC 28634, or through email online at: It is also available through Petfinder or

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Maureen E Busse

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Whitney Moose

January 15, 2021

To Maureen’s family,

I am so sorry for your loss but so thankful that I had the opportunity to know her. She was one of my favorite people. Know that I am praying for you!

Whitney Moose

Fonda Stokes

January 13, 2021

Maureen was a very special friend to me I worked at the assisted living were she lived in Statesville she and I became good friends I was her transport driver she and I would talk and laugh about things going on.She will be misseed . Maureen was a jack of all trades and was good at all of them.Rest on my friend I will miss you.

Phyllis Deal

January 13, 2021

Maureen was a kind and gracious lady, always willing to do anything for anyone. She had a servants heart, and that showed in all aspects of her life. I will certainly miss her as a friend and SHIIP counselor. Rest in peace.

Lois Buenau

January 12, 2021

Maureen was the best Bridge player I've ever known! She gave a group of ladies lessons at her home for many months. Although she was a thorough and patient teacher, and I really did try to improve, it was not to be! We became good friends through our love of animals - cats in particular - and Maureen was kind enough to adopt not one, but two cats from our small rescue group, Citizens for Animal Welfare. One of the cats was handicapped with only one eye. She loved him dearly and I believe he gave her much joy in return. May she rest in peace!