Miriam A. Bushnell, 88, of Springfield, passed away Thursday evening October 4, 2012, at St. John’s Hospice.
Miriam was born on January 15, 1924 in Astoria, IL the daughter of Melvin and Viola (Gruber) Danner. She was the fourth child with eight siblings; Margaret, Shirley, Dale, June, Audrey, Betty, Bill and Virginia (Ginny).
On August 21, 1942 at 18 she married the love of her life, Clifford Bushnell in St. Louis, MO. When Clifford passed at 93, they had been married 66 years. They spent their honeymoon on a crowded train out of St. Louis, sitting on suit cases in the aisle, as they traveled with other soldiers and wives to Camp Hood Texas.
Miriam is survived by a sister Audrey Bucy of Canton; two sons; James (Mary) Bushnell; and Virgil Bushnell both of Pleasant Plains; four grand children; Mike (Karin) Bushnell of Pleasant Plains; Jesse (Jamie) Bushnell of Pleasant Plains; Wanda (Pat) Hubell of Springfield; Jaime Bushnell of Farmingdale; seven great-grandchildren, Brandon Bushnell,of Carbondale; Austin Bushnell of Pleasant Plains; Ashley and Paige Metzger of Springfield; Anthony Metzger of US Army Texas; Andrew Metzger of Divernon; and Trenton Bushnell, of Pleasant Plains; numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by several four legged furry grand kids, from whom she found unconditional love. She became a pit bull lover late in life, living with four, as well as a couple of special lap cats that all miss her dearly.
In her lifetime she was a homemaker, worked in a shoe factory, on an assembly line, as a school crossing guard. In her forties returned to school earning her LPN license, and worked as a floater at Memorial Hospital for the next 14 years. Her stories of growing up include many of picking strawberries and a life of love among a large family.
She and Clifford were active members of the First Church of the Brethren for more than 50 years, where they and their goods friends, performed numerous acts of community service, including cooking and delivering holiday meals to those in need. They were also active for many years in the “Meals-On-Wheels” program year around.
Miriam loved being outdoors, mushroom hunting, and watching wildlife, especially the birds. It was a family joke that even at her age she could work circles around most men and that she was a natural born enemy of weeds wherever they grew. The family still had to fight with her not to mow her own lawn, and she mulched her flowers two weeks before becoming ill. She was independent, hardworking, reliable, and loving, especially to her little ones, the grand and great grand children. She was “Grandma” to everyone, the best mother-in-law, and a friend to all. She made the best cookies, zucchini bread, strawberry jam, beef and noodles, thanksgiving dressing, and mac and cheese on earth. Her candy jar was always full. Most of all she was all about family.