Josephine Jo Bushnell

07/22/1918 — 01/26/2011

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Grapeville, TX

Josephine Jo Bushnell

Josephine Jo Tittle Bushnell

Josephine Bushnell, 92, died January 26, 2011 in Richland, Washington. She was born July 22, 1918 in Grapevine, Texas to Lewis and Thelma Shaw Tittle.

She grew up and received her education in Fort Worth Texas. She married Perry K. Bushnell Sr. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 16, 1938. The Bushnell’s made their home in New Mexico and Texas before moving to Richland in 1943 to work on the Hanford Project.

Jo worked as a telephone operator while her husband served in the military during World War II. She served as a Red Cross volunteer and studied home nursing during the war. Jo was a Cub Scout Den Mother. She was an active Kadlec Hospital volunteer and happily gave her time to the organization for some 20 years. She was an active member of Westside Church and served as a Deacon for a number of years. The Bushnells were among the first members of Westside Church when it was first built and started services.

The Bushnells enjoyed their home away from home at their place at Rainbow Beach Resort on Twin Lakes. Fishing was a great pass time for Jo and Perry. Nothing could please her more than arising at 5:00 am to fish off the dock and see the sun rise over the lake and hills behind it.

They both enjoyed travel very much and one of their favorite destinations was Kailua-Kona, Hawaii where they spent many winters.

They enjoyed cruises and traveling with groups. They toured Europe and Hong Kong and also had many wonderful trips around the United States in their motor home.

Jo enjoyed life and loved her family and friends around her and enjoyed cooking for all of them. She was well known among her group as a wonderful hostess and party giver. She had many hobbies over the years and most enjoyed her oil painting, crafts of all kinds, quilt making, gardening and fishing. She was always an ardent reader.

She was preceded in death by parents and her husband Perry, the love of her life for 63 years.

She is survived by two daughters, JoAnn Hoff and husband, Dean, Richland, and Bonnie Robbins, Mountlake Terrace, Wa, one son, Perry Bushnell Jr. and wife Margit, Kennewick Wa, one brother, David L. Tittle and wife, Patricia of Trinity, Texas, one niece, Sister Cecilia Bushnell, Channing, Texas, seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Dr. Zuroske for the many years he cared for our Mother and Father. We would also like to thank the staff of Riverton and Hospice at The Chaplaincy for their kindness and loving care for our Mother.

Services will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 11:00am at Memories at Sunset Event Center on the Richland by-pass highway. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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  • Bonnie & family,

    I know you will miss your mother and I want to send my deepest sympathies. I didn’t know your mother but she shines through you. I know your wonderful memories will comfort you as will the knowledge that you will reunite with your mother and father one day. My prayers are with you.


    Corbie Brumbeloe
    November 4, 2014
    Issaquah, WA, US
  • Dean and JoAnn my deepest simpathy goes out to you and your family over the loss of your mother. What a sweet woman she was she will truly be missed. God Bless You Both

    Carla Watson
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Josie was such a wonderful person. Her smile was radiant. I know how much my Mom loved her. What fun Texas cousin times they had growing up! Wish we didn’t live so far away from you all.

    May God’s perpetual light shine upon her.

    Thinking of you all with love,

    Cindy, Matt, Nick, Meredith, & Gabe Christian

    Cindy and Matt Christian
    November 4, 2014
    Manchester, MO, US
  • What a beautiful woman. I loved her very much. She’s in good hands now, good company. She will always be in my heart.


    Denny Duncan
    November 4, 2014
    WA, US
  • I loved talking to Mrs. Bushnell.

    Suzie Speer
    November 4, 2014
    WA, US
  • JoAnn, Dean and family I wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your mom and dad are in many memories I have from the past. They were both wonderful and gave so much to family and friends. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I love you all.

    Connie Cranna
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Cousin Josie, I loved you so much. Still have the silverware you gave me when I got married almost 60 years ago and think of you daily.

    Love You!


    Joy Demarest
    November 4, 2014
    Arlington, TX, US
  • Perry and Margit,

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We are thinking of you.

    Greg and Patty Gardner
    November 4, 2014
    Burbank, WA, US
  • Hoff Family,

    Sorry about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Mike and Megan Sutey
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Bonnie & Family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in each others arms knowing your mother is now pain free. I extend my love and support to all of you

    Barbara Tischler
    November 4, 2014
    Kirkland, WA, US
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