Bussey, Eva L. (gray)

April 20, 2006

Mother, Educator, Legacy of Love Eva L. Bussey, 69, Lanham, Maryland, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in Kokomo, IN, just 10 days prior to her 70th birthday. Mrs. Bussey was born April 22, 1936 in Tatum, Texas, the only child of Willis Napoleon (Go-Lie) Gray and Hazel Brown Gray. She attended Douglass Elementary School and Kokomo High School in the Howard County School Systems in Kokomo, IN. She attended Trinity College, and graduated from Central State College in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science & Education degree in Elementary Education. Known to all as Eva Lois. The striking beauty of Kokomo & Indianapolis, and while teaching in the Indianapolis, Indiana public school system, Mrs. Bussey attended Indiana University. She received a Master's degree in Education in 1970. Eva L. Gray married Major General Charles D. Bussey, US Army, (Retired), of Alexandria, VA, in 1967. In a teaching career spanning 40+ years, Mrs. Bussey taught at 7 Maryland area Prince George's County Schools: Greenbelt North End, District Heights Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Benjamin Foulois Elementary, Magnolia Elementary, Concord Elementary and Kingsford Elementary. She was a certified Reading Specialist, and served as a Title 1 Resource Specialist, assisting and developing at-risk youth. Mrs. Bussey's heart was in the classroom. She gained the respect of her colleagues as one the most dedicated and talented teachers, with the natural ability to be fair, compassionate and approachable, using motivation, determination and positive attitude as components for success. She had a creative spirit, a positive energy and patience of a saint. Her mission was to ensure that students received the necessary skills and values needed to be successful in life. Mrs. Bussey believed that educating the total child means addressing all of their social, intellectual, physical and emotional needs and showering them with safety and love. Mrs. Bussey was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Maryland State Teacher's Board of Education Association. Known for fashion, Mrs. Bussey loved shopping with the philosophy if you like it, buy it in every color, and always buy a gift for someone else. She had a special magical love for children. She loved dining out, traveling, visiting historical sites, and reading poetry, biographies and novels by her favorite author Danielle Steele. Listening to smooth jazz and R&B soothed her soul. Retiring just last June 2005, Mrs. Bussey stated, Remember me, as I do you, with all the wonderful memories and tenderness which it is possible for one to feel for another. Which no time can erase, no distance alters, but which will always stay the same everlasting. Continue to be my friend as you will always find me yours. Thank you for the Love! Mrs. Bussey's parents preceded her in death. Her father in 1949 and her mother last November 2005. She is survived by her daughters, Terri L. Mc Clure of Lorain, OH and Tonia M. Bussey of Baltimore, MD; son, LT. Charles F. Bussey of Tacoma, WA, and granddaughter Angelica M. Mc Clure; Aunts, Eva Mae Facen-Hurdle of Dallas TX, Eura Glaspie of Easton, TX, Earnestine Gray James of Sacramento, CA and Juanita Gray Cobb of Sausalito, CA; Uncles, Pat Brown, Jr. (Jessie) of Tatum, TX, La Zell Brown (Dorothy), Wendell Brown (Mary), and E.J. Johnson (Anner) all of Kokomo, IN; Special cousin Royce Ann Bennett and Step-brother John Curry III of Kokomo, IN; Best friends Kathleen Morgan of Kokomo, IN and Claudette Hamilton of Tucson, AZ; Step-father Carmi A. Gaskin and step-sister Nancy Bridge forth of Kokomo, IN; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members, colleagues and friends. A memorial service will be held 11 A.M, Saturday, April 22 at Grace Memorial Church, 1417 N. Delphos Street, Kokomo, IN. Friends may call from 10 A.M. until service time at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bluitt & Son Funeral Home, Kokomo, Indiana.

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