Elizabeth 'Betty' 'Libby' C. Rush
walked five miles a day into her 80s

CUMBERLAND - Elizabeth "Betty" "Libby" Rush, 91, of Wildwood Park at
Cumberland Foreside died unexpectedly Monday at Maine Medical Center.

She was born on Chebeague Island, a daughter of Walter Joshua and Lizzie
Cleaves Curit, attended island schools and graduated from Greeley High School

In 1938 Mrs. Rush moved to New York City and was employed as a defense
worker in telephonics on Long Island. She later worked at Macy's Department
Store on Fifth Avenue in New York.

In 1969 she retired to Cumberland Foreside as a homemaker.

She was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed knitting and jigsaw puzzles.

She was very active and walked five miles a day until she was 85 years old.

Every winter Mrs. Rush would knit 40 to 50 items for the Chebeague Island
Ladies Aid.

She was a wonderful correspondant by mail with several friends across the
country, her family said, and always had her writing board handy.

She was a member of Chebeague Island's United Methodist Church and Ladies

Her two husbands, Anthony Simone and Dr. Herbert Rush, and a son, Wayne P.
Simone, all died previously.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Spring burial will be in Chebeague Island Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hay
and Peabody Funeral Home, Portland.

(copied from Portland Press Herald Online, January 13, 1998)


Memorial donations may be made to the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church, North Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017 or the Cumberland Rescue, P.O. box 44A, Cumberland, ME 04021.