Dorothy  Haynie Bush
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Dorothy “Dottie” H. Bush, 75, formerly of Camillus, NY passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on June 29th with her family by her side on the Eastern Shore of MD where she had been living for the past five years. Originally from Tibitha and Reedville, VA, Dottie was the daughter of Edward “Capt. Spider” Haynie and Dorothy Deihl Haynie.

She graduated from Reedville High School in 1955 as Class Valedictorian. In high school, she was an active athlete playing basketball, softball and field hockey. She attended the College of William & Mary and graduated with high honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959. During college she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority and member of the varsity field hockey team.

She served as the secretary for B.L. Bush and Sons Funeral Homes for over forty years. She was a Board Member and active volunteer of several organizations in the Central New York area including; Syracuse Symphony, Landmark Association of Central New York, Syracuse Stage Guild, Everson Museum, Onondaga County Republican Citizen’s Committee, Camillus Women’s Republican Club, Town of Camillus Republican Committee, Camillus Historical Society where she also worked on the preservation and restoration of the Octagon House, Onondaga County City Youth Board, Town of Camillus March of Dimes Campaign and the Recipient of the Camillus Mrs. Republican Award. She was also a member of Fairmount Community Church, United Church of Christ. She loved being around the water, gardening, reading, playing bridge and restoring older homes and was an avid follower of CNBC. She savored a great meal and was a fabulous cook. In later years, she especially enjoyed being surrounded and entertained by her children and grandchildren. She was an enthusiastic supporter of Syracuse Basketball and enjoyed the 2003 championship run. She had a generous and positive "can do" spirit that inspired everyone around her.

She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, William E. “Bill” Bush in 2001 and her daughter-in-law Connie Walker Bush in 2011.

She is survived by her five children; Barbara (Doug) Cooper of McLean, VA and St. Michael’s, MD, Bart (Cathy) Bush of Reston, VA, Jane (Tim) Scanlon of Cazenovia, NY, Rebecca Merlino of Atlanta, GA, and Brian (Sharon) Bush of Camillus, NY. Two brothers, Bill (Shirley) Haynie of Mechanicsville, VA and John (Susan) Haynie of Reedville, VA. Eleven grandchildren; Sophie Cooper; Billy, Robert, Teddy, Bart and Ben Bush; Hannah and Nash Scanlon; and Jeffrey, Andrew and Amanda Bush. Three dogs; Shug, Daisy and Bailey.

Calling hours will be Friday, July 12th from 4 to 8 pm at B.L. Bush & Sons Funeral Home, 10 Genesee (Main) St., Village of Camillus. Services and burial will be private.

The family wishes to thank all of the health care providers especially Dr. Mary DeShields in Easton, MD and Dr. Jeffrey Kirshner in Syracuse, NY whose efforts extended her time with us.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, Inc., PO Box 356, Camillus, NY 13031-0356


Memorial Hospital Foundation., 121 Federal Street, Easton, Maryland 21601

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Brian Sharon Jeffrey Andrew and Amanda,
We are so sorry to hear of Dottie's passing. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family as you work through accepting your loss of a truely remarkable woman who lived a full life. May you rest easy knowing she is at peace and no longer struggling through her survivorship. Praying for you all. If you need anything just let us know. Love always,
Tonya Jim Rachel Jessica & Judy Wilson

Written by Tonya & Jim Wilson  of CAMILLUS , NY on 07/01/2013.
To the entire Bush Family: we wish you peace and blessings in Dottie's passing. She was as stalwart as anyone could possibly be in the face of adversity and was a shining example of maintaining a positive and productive attitude. We will miss her wisdom and her laugh and will never forget her courage and kindness. We are honored to have known her. Be proud to be a part of her family, carry on in her name and she will never be forgotten. God bless!

Written by Jacci & Virgil  Farlow  of Aurora , New York on 07/01/2013.
Brian and family

We are so sorry to hear of your loss.She was very nice and compassionate during our times of need,and i feel fortunate to have known her.

Written by leslie mcneil and family on 07/02/2013.
Brian, Sharon, Jeffrey, Amanda and Andrew,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you in this time of grief. We will keep her in our prayers.

Cindy & Sylvia

Written by Cindy Miller  of West Wyoming, PA on 07/02/2013.
Dorothy was a great lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her. My sympathies from the Federated staff.

Written by John Rodenburg of Springfield, Illinois on 07/02/2013.
Dear Brian and family,
In today's era where stress, social requirements and value are outrageously misplaced, losing a special person has some kind of even stronger impact on our lives. I am pretty sure that Ms. Haynie Bush's wish is for you and your family to continue and cherished the special bond that may exist between each and everyone of you. We all have one life, one family and one memory. May yours be as eternal as it can be...

Jonathan and all of Concept's

Written by Jonathan Sirois of Québec, Canada on 07/02/2013.
Dear Jane and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.I am sorry for your loss.

Written by Lisa (Johnson) Clark  of Skaneateles , NY on 07/02/2013.
Dotti was always very warm and welcoming towards us and she obviously set a very good example for Barbara and the rest of the Bush family. The Goodfriends send our condolences and are always here for you.


Spencer and Pam

Written by Spencer Goodfriend  of Washington , DC on 07/02/2013.
Sorry to hear of your moms passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this sad time. Although I did not know her , I have heard very wonderful things about her. God bless!

Cindy DeAngelis and family

Written by Cindy DeAngelis on 07/02/2013.
Dear Brian, Jane, Becky, Barbara and Bart,
We are very sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. She was a very gracious lady and a wonderful example of a dedicated mother and committed community member.
We felt privileged to be your parents neighbors, the Village was never the same without them.
Hopefully the belief that they are now finally together and free of earthly pain will give you some comfort at this sad time.
In sympathy, Bill & Mary Anne Cody

Written by Bill & Mary Anne Cody  of Camillus, New York on 07/02/2013.
Dear Brian and Family,

We extend our sincere condolences on the death of your dear mother. She was a very accomplished person who was involved in many activities. She lead a very full life.
We are not at home at this time and will not be able to attend her services, but remember her in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Dennis and Arlene

Written by Dennis and Arlene Ragan  of Camillus, NY on 07/03/2013.
To the fine BUSH family, my deepest love in the loss of your mother, especially Bart and Brian whom I knew better than the others. She was an outstanding woman with many talents which she shared with her community and friends. She and Bill complimented each other in their marriage and public life. Dottie will rest in peace, with her beloved, in the arms of our Saviour.
In Love, Shirley Jefferson

Written by Shirley Jefferson  of Liverpool, NY on 07/03/2013.

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. She was such a kind and special person. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. From our family to yours we extend our deepest condolences. God Bless.

Dan and family

Written by Dan Ragan  of Wrentham, MA on 07/03/2013.
To all of Dorothy's Family, We are very sorry to learn of Dottie's passing. We will be thinking of both her and Bill in our prayers now that they are together again. God Bless,

Written by Jim and Dee Ann Traub  of Chittenango, NY on 07/03/2013.
Dear Jane, Tim, Hannah and Nash: So very sorry to learn of the loss of your mom and grandmother. She obviously lived life fully, with passion and love, and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Written by Paula and Richard Engel of Jamesville, NY on 07/03/2013.
I have very fond memories of Mrs Bush when I visited her home as a teenager. I remember her as a very classy, intelligent woman who was always very concerned about supporting her children and friends and directing them towards a positive role in life. It is clear she exemplified that sentifment. I remember one day when she told me of a story of the most unsuspecting classmate who became a physician after a very mediocre performance in high school. I took that story to heart and I became a physician and still practice medicine since 1999. I like to think that Mrs Bush played a very significant part in molding me in the few moments that I had with her.

Written by Glenn Vogelsang  of Roswell, NM on 07/03/2013.
Jane, Tim and the entire Bush family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was a strong women, a quality her children inherited. We hope that strength and the love of all your family and friends help you through this very difficult time.

Kristin and Paul Laurie

Written by Kristin and Paul  Laurie  of Baldwinsville, Ny on 07/04/2013.
We want to extend our sincere condolences to you, Sharon, and your family for the loss of your mother. She was truly a remarkable woman who lived such a great full life. We know you'll miss her every day, as we miss our parents too.

With deepest sympathy,
Randy and Merrilee

Written by Randy and Merrilee Frese of Syracuse, NY on 07/04/2013.
Dottie was such a wonderful woman with a great sense of humor. I very much appreciate the times we spent together during the 5 ½ years I lived in Aurora and the fun dinners we enjoyed. She loved her family dearly and was very proud of her children and grandchildren.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Best regards,

Written by Katie Waller on 07/04/2013.
On behalf of the Alumni we extend our condolences on your loss.

Written by William & Mary Alumni of Williamsburg, VA on 07/04/2013.
To Brian: With respect for the long relationship between the Bush family, and the DeFelice family, from Jordan, NY, I and the remaining Defelice family members wish you and your family strength and comfort during this sacred time.

Written by Donna Lucente  of Syracuse, NY on 07/04/2013.
We are so very sorry and our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Dottie was an amazing woman and such a great friend .....we will miss her so much. All our love

Written by Jane and Brian Cassel on 07/04/2013.
Brian, Jane, Becky, Barb and Bart,

Please know your families are in our thoughts and prayers. May the joy, guidance, happiness and love that your mom gave the family be the strength that brings great memories to all of you.

Our sympathies in your time of sorrow.


Jeffrey, Deborah and Samantha Eades

Your friends and neighbors.

Written by Jeffrey Eades  of Camillus, NY on 07/05/2013.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of Dorothy's relatives and friends. I hope that many fond memories will help ease the pain, Sincerely, Ron & Nancy Bush

Written by Ron & Nancy  Bush  of LaFayette, N.Y on 07/06/2013.
To Dot's family,
Sorry to hear of her passing, you have our prayers and condolences from her Reedville family. Best Wishes to all of you.

Written by Dr Curtis Henry Smith  of Kilmarnock, VA on 07/06/2013.
Brian and family .With Deepest Sympathy. May the love of God surround you during this time of sorrow.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike, Denise,and Mrs. George Latimer

Written by Michael Latimer of Marcellus, New York on 07/07/2013.
Dear Brian, Sharon, Andrew, Jeffrey and Amanda,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Dottie, she was a truly remarkable lady. We know Sarah was there to greet her with a big smile and hug! We believe God put her in charge of greeting all the new angels. We are thinking of you and your family and send many prayers of healing. We understand how devastating such a loss can be.

With much love,
Dave, Michelle, Nathan and Sadie

Written by Dave and Michelle Peek  of Camillus, N.Y. on 07/07/2013.
Dear Brian and Family,
So Very Sorry to hear about your Mom~~ All Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You All at this time of Sorrow~~ Find some help in the fact that she is at Peace Now,, and not suffering anymore!!

Written by Kathy LaCroix-Gilday  of Camillus, NY on 07/08/2013.
Please accept the sympathy of Le Moyne College on the occasion of the death of Dorothy. Be assured of our prayers for her, for you, and for your family.

Written by Le Moyne College,  Office of Alumni and Parent Programs  of Syracuse, NY on 07/08/2013.
Sending thoughts of love and comfort to you, Sophie, and to your family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Much love, Ms. A.

Written by Becky Amaral  of Oxford, MD on 07/08/2013.
To the Bush Family: On behalf of the Walker Family we extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you celebrate the life and memories of a person so special in your life.

Written by Bob Walker  of Houston, TX on 07/10/2013.
Dear Barb, Bart, Jane, Becky and Brian,

Our deepest sympathies to you and your families for the loss of your mother. We hope all the things that made her a special gift from God will forever bless your lives in beautiful memories. Our prayers are with you all.

Marjorie Hewett, Liz Stablein, Marijane Hewett and Heidi Shrider

Written by Heidi Shrider  of Mt. Airy, MD on 07/14/2013.
Barb, Bart, Jane, Becky and Brian,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We have such good memories of spending time with your family in both Camillus and Skaneateles. Your mom was a wonderful strong women and know she will be missed.
The Anderson family. (Paula, Melissa, Vicki, and Stephen).

Written by Victoria Meyer of Skaneateles, New York on 07/21/2013.
Brian, Jane, Becky, Barb and Bart,

With deepest sympathy and respect, we are very sorry for the loss of your mother. Among your mother's wonderful qualities was her wisdom, strength, kindness, compassion for others, and sense of humor. I have fond memories of visiting the family cottage in Skaneateles and the family home in Camillus and her always making me feel welcome like a part of the family. We mourn her loss with you and hold you and your family up in prayer at this difficult time.

Will, Lisa, Greta, Sam, John, Siobhan, Elizabeth, Larry, and Katie Weiss

Written by William Weiss  of Skaneateles, New York on 07/21/2013.
With my sincere sympathy to Dot Lee's family.

Written by Sylvia Deihl Dameron  of Callao, VA 22435W on 10/13/2013.