Elizabeth “Betty” Bush
March 20, 1929 ~ November 03, 2023
Elizabeth “Betty” Bush (nee Spallone), 94, of Lake Worth, Florida, passed away in the early morning on November 3, 2023 at her home with family by her side after suffering from complications of a recent fall. Betty was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on March 20,1929 to parents Theresa Marie (nee Yuele) and Nicholas Charles Spallone. The untimely death of her mother in 1937 from pneumonia, when Betty was a young 8 years old, resulted in her and her 5 year old brother being mostly raised and educated by the blessed nuns at the local Catholic orphanages. She was eternally grateful to Sister Assumpta at The Most Precious Blood School who graciously helped her through the grief of losing a mother at such a young age. Betty would go on to live at the St. Patrick’s Orphanage and School in Scranton, Pennsylvania where in 1947 she graduated. The nuns were kind and instrumental in her being employed in hospitality for the Poconos Resort area businesses. The seasonal nature of her work provided opportunities in South Florida to be employed notably by The Breakers in Palm Beach and The Colonnades Beach Resort in Singer Island. Eventually, she would meet her future husband in 1953 while working at the Ambrose Inn in West Palm Beach where on their first date it was dinner at the Walgreen’s Diner and to watch the movie Houdini at the Carefree Movie Theater afterwards. Elizabeth “Betty” Theresa Marie Rose Spallone and Ralph “RD” Dennard Bush were married on July 5, 1955 in Georgia and started a family. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Ralph and tragically their son Mike Bush in 1976 from a motorcycle accident that produced an unbearable amount of grief for the family. She is survived by her younger brother, Louis Joseph Spallone, 91 (Alyce nee Dozier); her daughters Patricia Yvonne Lentini (Paul), Theresa LaValley, Debbie Williams (Jim Orth); her grandchildren Michael Bush, Rebecca Ortiz (Alex), Anthony Lentini (Paige Netting) and Nickolas Lentini; her great-grandchildren Xandria, Dominic and Sabrina; a reunited daughter put up for adoption from a previous relationship Mary Flaim-Kuntz her daughter and grandchild Tracy Mapes (nee Beibeleheimer) her daughter and great-grandchild Mariah Reph; a special person Melisa “Sissy” Roque, that since she was a baby is much like a loving granddaughter and many nieces, nephews and friends. Betty was dedicated to her work until she had a family and then she became a dedicated mom always showing up for everything. As the kids got older Betty started to work again spending years at Logger’s Run Country Club and Sun Bank where she never met a stranger. During her entire adult life and with all its demands she managed to find time for many of the area bingo halls until very recently. Lately, she was a regular at the St. Matthews Church bingo hall in Lantana where she has many friends. In her final days, Betty would call out her children’s names “Mary, Theresa, Debbie, Yvonne and Mike”, as life slipped away they were the things that truly mattered. May she rest in peace.
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