St, Bernards has acknowledged a substantial gift from the estate of Howard and Frances Irene Isaacs Bush with a plaque placed at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.
The Bushes were Northeast Arkansas residents who spent their professional lives in government-related jobs at Oak Ridge, Tenn. Upon retirement more than 30 years ago, they returned to Jonesboro.
The Bushes were known as ethical, conservative individuals who had a desire to bless others in need. After her husband died in 2007, Mrs. Bush, a devout Christian, continued to add to funds the two had set aside to leave as a charitable gift.
She moved into St. Bernards Village in 2007 and lived there for eight years before moving into a nursing home when her needs grew beyond the scope of care provided at the Village.
She had become interested in the compassionate services provided to area families through the Flo &Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernards and determined that should be the beneficiary of proceeds from the Bush estate.
Mrs. Bush died last year, and the Bush estate was liquidated this summer, with the Hospice House being named as recipient of more than $2 million.
The plaque reads:
“In grateful appreciation of the generous gift of Irene and Howard Bush, who believed in a strong work ethic and who wanted to bless others in a meaningful way. Their bequest allows us to provide a gift of peace … to ease the burdens of families as their loved ones approach the end of life.”
“We are humbled by the generous gift from the Bushes, and we are pleased to be able to honor them with a special plaque,” says Marilyn Hummlstein, president of the St. Bernards Foundation. “We share their commitment to helping those in need and will use their gift to help provide compassionate end-of-life care in a comfortable and peaceful setting.”