Lillian Joan Bush, 77, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born Dec. 20, 1938 in Newton, to Byran Stephenson and Esther L. (Miller) Brown.

Joan worked as a registered nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita and also worked as a private nurse for Sandy Hall of the Hall Oil Company. Prior to her retirement, Joan worked three years at the Eureka Hospital in Eureka. She was a member of the Cassoday United Methodist Church, the Liberty Baptist Church in Newton and was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Joan was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and friend to many. She was always quick with her smile and showed her love often. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Joan is survived by her husband James “Jim” Bush of Newton; daughter Cheryl Kassin Harris of Lenexa; son Steven and his wife Cindy Kassin of Lenexa; step-mother Lorene Brown of Dennison, Texas; brothers Scott Brown of San Antonio and Stephen Brown of Dallas; aunt Della May Harr of Newton; grandsons: Cory Harris and Brian Kassin; and great-grandchildren Reilee and Connor Harris. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents, brother Gus Claus and sister Barbarajean Thornton, and son in law Billy Harris.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with The Rev. Gary Brooks and Pastor Steve Julius presiding.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home Newton.