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Patricia McCarthy Bush
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1932
Death: Apr. 27, 2013

BETTENDORF Patricia McCarthy Bush, 80, longtime resident of Bettendorf, died peacefully in the company of her loving family on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 18th St., Bettendorf. Burial will take place in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., Davenport, with the Notre Dame Club of the Quad-Cities leading a rosary at 6:30 pm.

Born in Davenport on June 4, 1932, Patricia was a daughter of Joseph T. and Adele Jaeggi McCarthy. She graduated from Villa de Chantal, Rock Island, and attended St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind. She married her high school sweetheart, John L. "Jack" Bush, on June 21, 1952.

Patricia was an owner of McCarthy Bush Corp. of Davenport; founded by her grandfather, P.F. McCarthy, in 1897. She was president of the McCarthy Bush Foundation, which has given generously to many charitable causes that she also personally supported; most notably to Catholic education at all levels and to pro-life causes such as the Women's Choice Center in Bettendorf.

Publicly, Patricia was a "silent partner" to her husband Jack, who loomed large in matters of business, politics, philanthropy, church and family. But behind the scenes, Patricia was very influential, quietly and loyally spurring and guiding her husband's many successes. She was the epitome of the "dutiful" wife and mother, with an "open door policy" that allowed for unannounced visits from children and grandchildren at any time of day or night. She had sound and stubborn advice for her children, that she preferred to be followed, but if not, she remained fiercely loyal to her children. She was of the "old order," always at the door with a smile and kiss to greet the man of the house after a day at the office, whether it was her husband, a son, or even a son-in-law. Some may think this old-fashioned, but it was a joy to be on the receiving end of this pure sign of love and respect.

Patricia enjoyed travel, cruises and a good glass or two of Chardonnay. While her love for God, her children and her husband was unparalleled, Notre Dame Football was not far behind. She learned computers to stay abreast of the latest ND football news, sometimes giving too much credibility to rumors produced by bloggers on the "board." If you are a highly regarded football recruit, she knew about you, even if you are as young as the 6th grade! She wasn't one to harbor evil thoughts, but woe to any five-star who didn't pick the Fighting Irish! And woe to the Crimson Tide for ruining the perfect ending for her final magical ND football season! She's counting on her special friend, Louis Nix #1, to lead the Irish to a National Championship next season.

Patricia was a "lady"; polite, elegant and always "put together." And yet, her life revolved around doing things "without fanfare," even in dying. While her own health was deteriorating during her husband's illness, she selflessly persisted with Jack's care. And after losing Jack, the love of her life, in August 2009, she made good on his wishes that she "carry on" without him, determinedly fighting the good fight.

Finally, it should be noted that Patricia was a devout Catholic, a faith-filled person. As with her philanthropic giving and other aspects of her life, she was not "showy" with her faith. But in her final hours, while displaying no awareness of her surroundings or any capacity to communicate; she was uttering Hail Marys and Our Fathers. It is only appropriate that her final words were a repetitive "I love you," words that were so familiar from her lips, to her God, her husband, children, extended family and dear friends.

Mrs. Bush is survived by her children Lawrence Bush, Joseph (Katie) Bush, Gregory Bush, Barbara (Michael) Johnson, Thomas (Susan) Bush, Peter (Julie) Bush and Mary (Tim) Walsh. She is survived by 30 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, with another on the way. Her grandchildren are Bryan, Andrew, Traci, Joseph, Christopher and Carolyn Bush; Maureen, John and Thomas Bush; Mark, Mike (Liz), Laura, Megan and Elizabeth Bush and Sarah Bush (Brian) O'Dell; Julia, Peter (Reid), Margaret and Matthew Johnson; Caitlin, Benjamin and Allison Bush; Marybeth, Catherine, Daniel and Stephanie Bush; and Kevin, Jack, Patricia and Joseph Walsh. Her great- grandchildren are Jack and Anna Bush.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Joe, and her beloved sister, Mary McCarthy Cozad.

Family links: 
  John L. Bush (1930 - 2009)
Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Scott County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Ken Nagel
Record added: Apr 30, 2013
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Patricia <i>McCarthy</i> Bush
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