Pearl Ellen Miller Bush

Bush, Pearl obit(March 31, 1927 – January 4, 2014) 

Pearl Ellen Miller Bush passed away January 4, 2014. She was born March 31, 1927 at Miami, Arizona to Paul and Rita Scott Miller.  She married Eliot Theo Bush on January 29, 1946 in Winthrop, Arkansas.

Pearl was raised near Pomerene, Arizona where she attended school through Jr. High.  She loved being near her Grandparents and large family in Arizona and told many stories of their experiences especially about living in Happy Valley.  Pearl learned to play the piano beautifully and taught others to play. Her parents and 10 siblings moved to Arkansas in the early 1940’s to escape the draught conditions in Arizona and 4 more children were born to Paul & Rita after moving to Arkansas.  After graduating from Winthrop High School in 1945, Pearl worked for a short time at the Red River Army Depot near Texarkana.  She also lived with an elderly lady for a while helping with her household needs.

After marrying ET, Pearl lived in and near Winthrop, Arkansas.  For several years they spent summers in Colorado where ET worked in logging.  Not long after their children became school age, they finally settled in a home near Miller Community not too far from Arkinda and Foreman, Arkansas.  Pearl loved gardening, growing herbs and flowers.  She loved to read, sew and became very talented at knitting and crochet.  Pearl was extremely compassionate and helpful to those around her.  She loved her family and made beautiful gifts of her handicrafts to give them.  Pearl and ET lived there for nearly 50 years until their health began to fail.

Pearl is survived by one son, Leonard Bush of New Boston, Texas; four daughters, Linda & Floyd Kinney of Horatio, Arkansas, Ruth & Ralph Ballard of Hurricane, Utah, Lorraine & Jerry Fisk of Nashville, Arkansas, and Evelyn Verbois of Lockesburg, Arkansas; 19 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren; five sisters, Laura & Vester Adams of Norman, Oklahoma, Ethel  Carrell of LaVerkin, Utah, Ann & Norman Gubler of LaVerkin, Utah,  Irene & Glen Hardy of Many, Louisiana, Mary & Greg Bush of Redwater, Texas; and four brothers, Vernon & Anita Miller of West Valley City, Utah, Talmage & Barbara Miller of Ashdown, Arkansas, Melvin & Betty Miller of Crestview, Florida, and Joseph & Judy Miller of Sandy, UT; and sister-in-law, Peggy Miller. She is preceded in death by her husband, Eliot Theo “ET” Bush; a daughter, Ruby Ellen Bush; her parents, Paul & Rita Miller; one sister, Winfred Martin; three brothers, Ronald Gordon Miller, Gene Miller and Stanley Miller; and one brother in law, Charles Carrell and one sister in law, Marie Miller.

Funeral Services

  • Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the Hurricane 8th Ward Chapel, 155 E. 1050 N., Hurricane, UT.
  • A viewing will be held for friends and family on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 25 N. 2000 W., from 6-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 10-10:45 a.m. at the Hurricane 8th ward chapel.
  • Interment will take place in the Virgin Cemetery.

Pearl’s family would like to express grateful appreciation to Hurricane Health and Rehabilitation for her care.  Staff and residents became part of her family and she grew to love them very much.  Special thanks to Dr. Greg Last for her long term care and friendship.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Pearl’s guest book at

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