Emily Wymond Rush, a mother of four who loved people, died of end-stage dementia and metastatic breast cancer Jan. 3 at College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. The Phoenix resident was 83.
A native of Louisville, Ky., she married William Bland Rush in 1946 after graduating from the University of Louisville.
The Rushes moved to Maryland in 1950 and built a home in Phoenix in Baltimore County.
"If she had a passion for anything, it was for people," Mr. Rush said. "Wherever she went, she just loved to make new friends."
Mr. Rush said his wife supported the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, volunteered with Meals on Wheels and had been a member of the Maryland Historical Society and the Mount Vernon Club.
She also enjoyed playing tennis and bridge, horseback riding and travel, Mr. Rush said.
In 1994, the couple joined a group of about 20 people who bought a farm in the Dordogne, a southwestern region of France, taking turns living there for two-week trips, he said.
Mrs. Rush was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 after returning from a trip to Italy, Mr. Rush said.
Mrs. Rush was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Monkton, where a memorial service was held Friday.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Rush is survived by two sons, Noel Rush II of Louisville, Ky., and William Speed Wymond Rush of Alexandria, Va.; two daughters, Canby Rush Page of West Chester, Pa., and Louise Rush Webster of Salem, Va.; and eight grandchildren.