Mary Rush Bradford on Sunday, May 26, 2013 answered the call of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when He whispered, *come unto me, all ye that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest*. Mary was born on March 21, 1942 in Lowndes County, Alabama to the late Isaiah and Julia Rudolph Rush. Affectionately known as *Shine* Mary accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of St. Paul CME Church, in Gordonville, AL.
Mary was preceded in death by her 25 brothers and sisters and most recently, her twin sister Martha Jackson. Mary*s memories will be forever cherished by her three daughters: Julia (Ernest) Dixon, Bernice (Roland) Rush-Harrison, and Juanita (Melvin) Arrington, two sons: Julius (Shakita) Rush and Abdul (Leah) Muhammad, a brother Nerious (Bama) Rudolph all of Montgomery, AL, a sister Willie Nell Cameron of Birmingham, AL, devoted granddaughters Barbara and Jessica Rush of Montgomery, AL, a host of grand and great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews including devoted nieces and nephews Henrietta Walker of Montgomery, AL, Gloria Johnson of Bronx, New York, Janie Miles of Montgomery, AL, Othella Rush, Brenda Rush of Collerine, AL and Calvin “Lulu” Rush of Montgomery, AL, Sampson Rush of San Antonio, Texas, Sam Felton of Montgomery, AL, a caring sister-in-law Emma Rush of Bronx, New York, a devoted and loving special friend Charlie Lawson of Hayneville, AL and a dedicated friend Lilly “Little Honey” Goldsmith.
Mary and her sister Martha were managers of her daughter’s store Jasmine’s Boutique. Mary*s dream of one day owning her own store came true with Mary B’s Boutique. As an owner, she enjoyed meeting and greeting people from all walks of life.
Mary*s smile will be forever etched on our hearts and minds. Her laughter will be constant music in our ears. She touched so many lives including family, friends, and even strangers. Mary sang and promoted gospel for over 45 years. Mary was a member of local gospel groups The Montgomery Gospel Aires, The Holy Wonders of Montgomery, and Julia Rush and The Gospel Truelettes. She always said, “May the work I*ve done speak for me.” Mary enjoyed every day to the fullest. She really loved cooking Sunday meals for her family, gardening and sitting under her carport chatting away.
She will be dearly missed by all those that knew her. Mary would say not goodbye but see you later.
Ross-Clayton Funeral Home – Montgomery 1412 Adams AvenueMontgomery, AL 36104 (334) 262-3889