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Sallie Bush

Jan. 22, 1933-Jan. 25, 2009

Sallie J. Bush, 76, of Fargo and Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, January 25, 2009 at her Fargo home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Sallie Jean Bush was born to Jack R. and Alta (Erickson) Bush on Jan. 22, 1933 in Detroit Lakes. In 1937, her family moved to Minneapolis, where Sallie graduated from Washburn High School in 1950. From 1950-54, she attended the University Of Minnesota, where she was a member of the women's tennis team and was the women's Singles champion in 1952 and 1953.

Sallie transferred to Mankato State College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1955. Sallie taught in Nashwauk and Grand Rapids, Minn., prior to moving to Fargo, where she taught at Clara Barton Elementary School, 1961-93. In 1969, she purchased property on Pickerel Lake near Detroit Lakes. She spent her summers at Pickerel Lake and school years in Fargo. Since 1976, Sallie has hosted the Pickerel Lake 4th of July Picnic at Bush Meadow.

In addition to her teaching, Sallie enjoyed her involvement in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), the Pickerel Lake Association, the Plains Arts Museum, the Fargo Country Club and the Hjemkomst Museum in Moorhead. She adored her family, friends and dogs. She was a terrific teacher, not only to her students, but to all children with whom she came in contact.

Sallie will be fondly remembered and missed by her sister, Nancy (Rick) Wickenberg; sister-in-law, Arlene Bush; eight nieces and two nephews; 21 great nieces and nephews; and her special friends, Dick and Georgia Hecock and family, and Mary Ann Bond and family.

Preceding Sallie in death were her parents; a brother, Jack H. Bush; and her sister-friend, JoAn Williams Falardeau.

Visitation will take from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Detroit Lakes. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family. An online guestbook is available at