Margaret Irene Bush Dunbar, 84 - Vienna

Margaret Irene Bush Dunbar, 84, of Vienna, W.Va., formerly of Springfield, Va., died Oct. 2, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital after a long illness.

She was born Aug. 21, 1925, in Morgantown, W.Va., the daughter of the late Arley and Iva Boyce Bush.

Margaret was a graduate of PHS, class of 1943, and Glenville State College with an A.B. & B.S. degree in Art and Home Economics. She did graduate work at WVU and OSU receiving her Master's Degree in Education and Home Economics from Marshall College (now University 1958) and Doctorial Studies in Art History at the University of Virginia.

She was an art historian and calligrapher. She retired from teaching after 34 years - teaching elementary through college. She started teaching in a one-room school, 1944-1945, at Rowles Run, Calhoun County, grades 1-8; from 1948-1959, she taught art in Wood County at Fairplains and Franklin Junior High (now PSHS); 1959-1981 in Fairfax County, Va., where she retired.

She was a lifelong member of the Retired National Education Association, Va., and Fairfax County Education Association. She was active in Girl and Boy Scouts for 20 years as a scout leader and instructor.

In Virginia and West Virginia she worked in the Republican Women Service League, National Federation of Republican Women, a National Campaign Advisor and a Charter member of The Republican National Committee. She was a Methodist but had attended South Parkersburg Baptist Church since 1985.

Margaret is survived by two daughters, Charlotte (Bob) Roberts of Parkersburg and Colleen Dunbar of Boonsboro, Md.; two grandsons, Paul Feldmeyer and financee, Melissa Exton, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Mark (Rebecca) Feldmeyer, actively deployed from Miramar U.S. Marine Base in San Diego, Calif.; two granddaughters, Theresa (David) Dorsey of Charleston, W.Va., and Deborah Lockhart of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; six great-grandchildren, Matthew and Jennifer Wood and Katelyn and Allison Dorsey, all of Charleston, and Robert and Danielle Lockhart of Mineral Wells; three sisters, Christine Miner of Boaz, W.Va., Roberta (David) Wunderluck of Ohio and Donna (Bill) Grogg of Glenville, W.Va.; a sister-in-law, Frances Bush; two brothers, Donald (Karen) Bush of Tanner and Cletus (Naomi) Bush of Boaz; and brother-in-law, Arnold Yoak.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Mayford Dunbar in 1998; her first husband, Wayne Ullom who was killed in an auto accident in 1945; three brothers, James, Robert and Richard Bush; three brothers-in-law, Albert Miner, Paul Weaver and Denver Carpenter; three sisters, Mildred Yoak, Lois Carpenter and Ruby Weaver; and a sister-in-law, Edith Bush.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, with Pastor Joe Busch officiating. Internment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Williamstown. Viewing will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to express special thanks to Pastor and friend Gary Nelson of the Sandhill United Methodist Church in Boaz, W.Va., and a special thanks to Al Miner for helping take care of her.