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Iris Elaine Bush, nee Prue, age 93, passed away on April 29, 2023 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility, Battle Creek, MI. Born March 1, 1930 in Green Bay, WI, Iris attended West High School and excelled in singing. Iris grew up during the Great Depression and would often regale us with stories of hardship and survival. She helped her family at the concession stands at Lambeau Field during Packer games and was a Packer fan through and through. After High School, Iris worked for Standard Oil Company in one of their Green Bay offices. She met the love of her life, Bob Bush, at a local dance. They became engaged and a short time later were married in Green Bay on December 30, 1950. Soon after, Bob and Iris moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, and raised their family of six children there. They were parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Iris worked for over 15 years at Kmart. Iris also enjoyed taking vacations with family and the occasional trip to a casino to try her luck at Blackjack or slot machines.
Iris was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert J. Bush; parents, William and Esther (Vorpahl) Prue; siblings, Lois Prue, Daryl (Betty) Prue, Virgil (Marge) Prue, Valerie (James) Johnstone, Darlene (Harry) Sadler, Sybil “Marie” (Leeland) Meyers, Vincent (Jeanette) Prue, and Grant “William” Prue; and her dearest friends, Peggy Bush and Bernie Van Geison. Iris is survived by her beloved children, Kerry (William) DeFeyter of West Olive, MI, Bonnie Miller of Battle Creek, MI, Susan Heinen of Battle Creek, MI, Stephen (Doree) Bush of Ft. Wayne, IN, Sally (Joe) Teixeira of Battle Creek, MI, and William (Margaret) Bush of Holland, MI; 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, and a multitude of wonderful nieces and nephews.
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