Mary O'Neill Rush
From Wilmington News Journal. 22 May 2004

Mary O'Neill Rush Mary O'Neill Rush, a Wilmington, DE native, died of heart failure on Tuesday, May 18, 2004, after collapsing on the playground of the elementary school in Washington, DC, where she taught.

Rush was 45 years old.

Born in Wilmington, DE, Rush graduated from St. Mark's High School in 1976 and from Catholic University in Washington, DC 1980. She later earned a master's degree in education from Trinity University.

A resident of Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood from the early 1980s, Rush was a familiar figure at community events. She served as a local leader in local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and the Cheverly Swim Team.

She was an active member and elder of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, where she was known for her good humor and her devotion to children. She was also a tireless fundraiser for Kingsbury School, Wilson High School and the Capitol Hill Cluster Schools, which includes Watkins. She was a mainstay of the organizing committee for the Capital Hill Classic, an annual race benefiting the Cluster schools.

For the past 8 years, Rush had been a teacher at Watkins Elementary School. Prior to that she served for a decade as director of River Park Nursery School, also in Washington, DC.

Rush is survived by her husband of 19 years, Andy; and 3 children, Helen, Jack and Daniel; her parents, Eugene and Geraldine O'Neill of Wilmington, DE; a sister, Cathleen; and a brother, Christopher. Her other brother, Matthew, died 2 years ago.

A celebration of her life will be held at Watkins School at 12th and Pennsylvania Ave. SE on Friday, May 21, at 6 pm, and a funeral is scheduled for 11 am on Saturday, May 22, at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th Street SE. Another memorial will be held at 10 am on Monday, May 24, at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rush Children's Educational Fund, PO Box 10011, Chesney Drive, Spotsylvania, VA 22553.

Arrangements by the LEE FUNERAL HOME Clinton, MD

[published 05/22/2004]