Betty Mamie (McKinney) Rush was born on September 16, 1927 to Ora Earl and Mamie (Kitchen) McKinney in Lincoln, Nebraska. Following the death of her mother when Betty was six years old, she and her brothers, Art and Jack, spent most of their early years living with their maternal grandmother, Grandma Garrison, while her father worked on the road as an earth-moving contractor. Betty attended Lincoln High School, where she was active on the swim team.
Upon graduation, Betty worked at
Cushman Motors Plant, where she met her future husband, John Carter
Rush. John and Betty were married in a ceremony in Lincoln on May 9,
1948. They welcomed their first daughter, Jeanne', in 1949.
With the declining health of
John's mother, John, Betty, and baby moved to the Loren Carter farm
in Loup County in 1950. Betty, who had never lived outside of
Lincoln, adapted to country living. She worked alongside John,
raising cattle, cleaning chickens, canning from her large garden, and
even, eventually learning to rake hay. The family now included three
more daughters, Robyn, Vicki, and Nancy. Betty took great pride in
keeping the home, which John had remodeled, clean and comfortable for
her family. Until a fall forced her to move to the Burwell Memorial
Health Center in 2017, Betty was never one to sit down when there was
work to be done.
Betty enjoyed the time spent with
friends and neighbors. She was a member of the Taylor VFW, both the
Madison Square and Cummings Park ladies' clubs, and was a 4-H club
leader. She and John always enjoyed helping construct booths and
floats for the Taylor Fair. Betty loved having neighbors over for a
visit, attending community card parties, and quilting with friends.
She was happy to furnish help and food whenever the need arose.
Betty was a loving Mother to her
daughters, Jeanne', Robyn, Vicki, and Nancy. She and John made many
trips over the years to Nebraska City, where Nancy was enrolled in
the Nebraska School for the Visually Handicapped; and later to
Kearney, where Nancy attended college and worked. They devoted their
lives to providing Nancy with every educational and career
opportunity possible. Betty was proud of her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. She looked forward to family gatherings and
visits, and loved getting pictures.
John and Betty retired and moved to
Burwell in 2007, where they lived with Nancy and took care of each
other, just as they had always done. Betty lost her husband of 67
years when John passed away on January 22, 2016. Four months later,
on May 13, 2016, Nancy succumbed to a lengthy battle with cancer.
On January 16, 2018, Betty Rush
passed on to her eternal home. She leaves to mourn her daughters,
Jeanne' (Lee) Stout of Burwell, Robyn Gray of Sherman, Illinois; and
Vicki (Jim) Walter of Chambers; nine grandchildren: Laura Packard,
Ronda Weber, Scott Stout, Jeff Stout, Ryan Gray, Jayme Bugner,
Matthew Walter, Justin Walter, and Bryan Walter; twenty-two great
grandchildren, one brother, Jack McKinney of Lincoln, 5 nieces, and 2
Betty was preceded in death by her
husband, John, daughter, Nancy, parents Earl and Mamie McKinney,
step-mother, Fanny McKinney, brothers, Lawrence and Art McKinney (and
wife, Maxine), step-brothers Remmie (Doc) and Curtis Kadlick, and
brother-in-law/sisters-in-law Royce and LaVonne Ferguson and Jean
Funeral services will be held at
1:30 on January 20, 2018 at the Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell,
Nebraska, Pastor Alan Petersen officiating, with burial in the
Madison Square Cemetery west of Taylor. Memorials are suggested to
the Madison Square Cemetery.