Lova Mary Bushnell, age 98

Lova Bushnell

Lova Mary Bushnell, age 98, went home to be with the Lord on February 21, 2017. 
She was born January 10, 1919, to Carl and Ora Sell at Weeping Water, Neb. She lived in Weeping Water until age 15, when her father passed away. At that time, her mother moved to Plattsmouth, Neb., with the nine children. 
Lova graduated from high school there in 1937. She worked at housekeeping jobs and then in the canning factory, where she met Eugene. They were married on December 10, 1939. To this union were born four children: David, Mary, Susan and Kathleen.
In 1951, Eugene sensed that he was called to ministry, so they moved to Omaha to allow him to attend Bible college. In December 1953, they moved to Mitchell, South Dakota to serve as missionaries with the American Sunday School Union. That summer they were assigned to Winner, , and in 1960 they moved to Kadoka to serve that area until retirement in 1973. 
Lova was active in the ministry, helping with vacation Bible schools, camps and Sunday schools. She prepared crafts for hundreds of children, made thousands of cookies and cooked at several weeks of camp each summer.
Upon retirement from American Sunday School Union, they served a church in Harrisburg, Neb., then returned to Kadoka to serve at the Kadoka Presbyterian Church. Lova taught an adult Sunday school class for over 30 years. She was active in making quilts for the church to donate to a children’s home. She also made regular visits to the nursing home. She was a member of the Kadoka Senior Citizens and the Kadoka Presbyterian Church. 
In addition to her parents and five siblings, Lova was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eugene, and a daughter, Mary.
She is survived by a son, David Bushnell and wife, Sharon, of Kennebec; a daughter, Susan Schultz and husband, Dennis, of Pardeeville, Wis.; daughter, Kathleen Nite and husband, George, of Charleston, Mo., and son-in-law Larry Beckwith. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Jeff Bushnell (Courtney), Maria Fanning (Bob), Ross Bushnell (Jeanne), Tina Peters (Eric), Kari Pizzini (Steve), Amy Davis (Dean), Andrea Thompson (Jared), Mike Schultz (Sonya), Marc Schultz (Cathy), Chris Nite (Sherry), Liz Myrick (Sam), and Jon Nite (Krystal); 22 great-grandchildren, two brothers a sister and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Saturday, February 25, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Interment was at the Kadoka Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Kadoka Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Home of Kadoka.

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