Roberta Lee Bush

07/28/1923 — 01/15/2010

From Richland, WA, US | Born in La Junta, CO

Roberta Lee Bush

Roberta Lee Bush

Roberta Lee Bush passed away on January 15, 2010 in Richland, W A. She was born July 28, 1923 to Jennie and Carl Warren in La Junta, CO. The family moved to Lamar, CO in 1925 where they remained until 1930. After Roberta completed first grade, the family then moved to Albuquerque, NM where Roberta attended Albuquerque public schools and the University of New Mexico. She graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. As part of her biology studies, she worked in a campus laboratory for the United States Indian Service. Her work for the Indian Service took her to Ft. Defiance, AZ and a position in the Navajo Medical Center laboratory.

A desire to work in the field of Chemistry led Roberta to take a position at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, MI where she worked in the Cellular Division. She met Spencer Bush there when he returned to the laboratory where he worked before the war. They married in 1948 and lived in Ann Arbor, MI until Spencer completed his PhD in 1953. Their first son David Spencer was born in 1949. The family relocated to Richland, WA in 1953 when Spencer accepted a position with General Electric. Their second son Carl Edward was born in 1957.

When the Joint Center for Graduate Studies offered a course in Library Science, Roberta went back to school. She attended classes in Richland and took two summer courses at the University of Washington in Seattle. She received her Masters degree in Librarianship in 1965. The following year, Roberta accepted a position at the Hanford Technical Library working in the reference and cataloging departments; she remained there until her retirement in the spring of 1992. After retirement she joined the Kadlec Hospital Auxiliary working in the library a couple of hours a week. She went on to serve as president of the Auxiliary from 1999-2001 and also worked in other departments.

Roberta was a member of Westside Church for many years where she also taught Sunday school in the children's department. Roberta spent several years volunteering at the Richland Public Library and served as a member of the Richland Library Board. In addition she had been a member of AAUW American Association of University Women since moving to Richland.

Roberta's hobbies included knitting & sewing, working crossword puzzles, and reading. When her husband was alive she liked working with him in the garden planting and harvesting fruits & vegetables. Roberta also enjoyed cooking which was evident in the many wonderful dishes she prepared.

Roberta was preceded in death by her husband Spencer who died in October 2005. She is survived by her son David Spencer Bush and his wife Pamela of Lothian, MD and by son Carl Edward Bush and his wife Angela of Mill Creek, WA.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 from 4:00pm-8:00pm at Einan's Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 10:00am at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, WA.

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  • Dear David and Carl, Sorry I can’t be there, but send my prayers and best wishes. Your Mom was a very special woman–smart and thoughtful, with a good sense of humor too. As you know, I spent a lot of time in your home as we grew up across the street from each other, and she always made me feel most welcome. Your Mom came to my mother’s graveside service ten years ago, and I enjoyed seeing her then. I have many fond memories of your Mom, and will remember her always.

    Mike Lonergan
    November 4, 2014
    Tacoma, WA, US
  • I worked with Bert for 20 years at PNNL and I thoroughly enjoyed knowing Bert and her husband, Spence. She was a friendly and considerate person who made friends with everybody she met. I enjoyed being one of her friends.

    Wayne Snyder
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Roberta at the Hanford Technical Library. She always had a smile. She will be missed.

    Teresa
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • I worked with Bert at the library for almost 20 years. She was always very friendly and helpful. I was always amazed at how quickly she could find the answer to a question she was asked. She was a very special person and my friend. I will miss her. My condolences to her family.

    Glenda Wyrick
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • I first met Roberta and Spencer at the Tri-Citian of the Year Banquet in Spring of 2005. Later, I got to know Roberta when she served as the Kadlec Auxiliary Rep for the Kadlec Foundation. I visited Roberta in her home from time to time. Once, my wife and I took her wine tasting at Terra Blanca and finished with dinner at Meadow Springs Country Club. I sincerely enjoyed her company and appreciated her dry sense of humor. Roberta loved to tell me about her time in Michigan and her early days of falling in love with Spencer. She also enjoyed talking about her sons. I will always remember Roberta as one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. She is truly in a place of honor with all the angels of Heaven.

    Larry Christensen
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US