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Lynn Medley-Bush, 46, of Bryantown, formerly of Oakville, died Jan. 10, 2013.
Born April 1, 1966, in Leonardtown, she was the second oldest daughter of Geraldine Medley June (Sylvester) and Frances M. Jones.
She received her education in St. Mary’s County public schools and graduated from Leonardtown High School in 1984. After graduation, she worked for the federal government, working in various agencies, including NASA and the U.S. Department of Education.
She was a longtime member of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education. She was responsible for managing many aspects of its grants program and was dedicated to the mission of the agency — improving the lives of people with disabilities through research. She was a leader of two department of education programs in the office of elementary and secondary education serving poor and disadvantaged schoolchildren — Alaskan natives and the native Hawaiian programs. She was a vigorous champion and strong voice defending children and families who benefited from reading, mathematics and science and dropout prevention activities supported by the program.
She attended the Baltimore School of Massage and received her certificate. While she never practiced, she learned very well how to “rub” people the right way.
She married Wesley Bush on July 20, 2005, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 2008.
Her granddaughter, Anijah “Booka,” was her life. She committed every moment to her nurturing. She made sure her granddaughter got to see the world around her, visiting amusement parks, aquariums, museums, the White House, carnivals and cooking together and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys.
She loved her son, Jarvis, and daughter-in-law, Theresa. She was more than just his mother. She was his friend as he spent many hours lying at the foot of her bed seeking her advice (his advice, he would say). Theresa was her right-hand, go-to girl.
She took care of her husband’s pug, Mugzie, after his death.
She had a special bond with her mother. She was her mom’s love child, and they shared a kindred spirit. Her mom could start a sentence and she could complete it with a period. They talked several times, every day.
She will be remembered as a beautiful spirit who showed unconditional and unselfish love to everyone who crossed her path. She was the glue that kept her family together and the treasure chest of their innermost thoughts and secrets. She had an infectious smile and a loving personality that touched many, including her godsons, Melvin Edwards and Marcus Mills; adopted children, Bert, Chuck, Larry, Devin and Dee; special cousins, Dion, Gary and Ashley Dickerson; and special friends, Jacqueline “Jack” Edwards, Renee Bonds and Rochelle Whittington.
Her love helped to encourage, uplift, motivate and inspire others through difficult times. She enjoyed vacationing and cruising with family and friends and capturing family events from behind the camera. Random trips to Delaware with Lorraine and Gizelle were her favorite, including visiting with her boyfriend, as she called Walmart. Her greatest passion in life was her family and finding ways to get everyone together. Along with Aunt Lorraine, she planned family trips and made sure everyone was well fed with lots of food and many desserts.
Her final days were spent with family, friends, special friend Leroy Dickson and helping families with hospice.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son Patrick Jarvis Medley (Theresa); her son’s father, Patrick Mason; granddaughter, Anijah Medley; sisters, Stephanie Medley, Gizelle Young (Greg) and Melissa Mills; brother, Lewis Medley (Joy); uncle, Rudolph Medley (Elizabeth); aunt, Lorraine Kennedy (Howard); aunt, Ann Medley; nephews, Michael Briscoe Jr. and Lewis Medley Jr.; nieces, Jessica and LaTasha Briscoe and Nya Medley; special cousins, Dion and Howard (Gary) Kennedy, Ashley Dickerson, Jay Medley and Stacey Medley; godmother, Yvonne Lennon; and a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by grandparents, Leroy and Christine Medley; and uncle, Lionel Medley.
The family received friends and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 15 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Morganza. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Bushwood.
Arrangements were handled by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home in Mechanicsville.