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Mary Elizabeth ("Betty") (Miller) Rush, age 94, died in her own home surrounded by love on Friday Feb. 4. Born in Bucyrus, Ohio, Betty was a preacher's kid in childhood and a doctor's wife in adulthood – wife of Middletown's first psychiatrist, the late Martin A. Rush Jr. M.D. Betty and her family moved to Middletown at the height of the Great Depression when her father, James David Miller, started a church in Avalon. She married Martin in 1941 and had two children, David and Cynthia, who survive her. Martin died October 25, 2010. Betty started and promoted the growth of numerous crafts and social organizations in Middletown, including: Women Especially; Arts and Crafts Guild; Down on the Farm Arts and Crafts Festival; Blue Ball Historical Society; the Jeannette Neiderlander Quilting Group; the Cristonians; Great Decisions; and she attended meetings of the Women's Medical Auxiliary and other groups, including a local chapter of the DAR, the First United Methodist Church on Broad Street, and the Cincinnati Weavers Guild. From the 1970s into the 1980s, Betty's crafts studio, The Weaver's Cottage, allowed instructors to offer inexpensive crafts workshops to anyone in the community. Betty also offered private crafts lessons at no charge. Betty is survived by two of her late husband's brothers as well as own children and the children of her brothers and cousins. Son David Rush, married to Bonnie Mills Rush of Colorado, has two daughters: Allison Leigh Rush of Colorado and Rachel Rush Landreth (Mrs. Sean) Barrett of South Carolina. Daughter Cynthia Rush, who lives in Dayton, is married to Patrick Coffey. Others who survive Betty include: nieces Grace Juanita Deaton (Mrs. J.B.); Glenna Marie Miller (Victor Christ-Janner late); Gwendolyn Miller (Mrs. Jake); and Charlotte (Mrs. Roy) Billett; all of whom have children. Niece Catherine Elaine (Mrs. Don) Miller Drozdenko of Oregon, has two children. Brother-in-law William Rush of Dayton, Richard Rush of Middletown, and Eugene Rush (late) of West Middletown all have children. Services will be held at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 3-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to: Friends of Middletown Library at http://www.middletownlibrary.org/donations.

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