Facebook Tributes to Phyllis

It's nearly impossible to collect all the posts to Phyllis from Facebook. Here are what we have gathered so far...more to come...

Sharon Adams‎ to Phyllis Bush
After a long day of rehearsals and our spring musical, I got word that my friend of 7 years, Phyllis Bush, lost her battle with cancer. I just want the world to know how Phyllis changed it for the good. She tirelessly advocated for public education. She was a warrior! What an amazing human being. ❤️ As she would say, she “put some skin in the game.” She was a founding member of the Network for Public Education NPE, and Northeast Indiana friends of public education NEIFPE. I will miss the adventures, and I will miss Phyllis.๐Ÿ’”My deepest sympathies to Donna Roof, her son and grandsons, NEIFPE friends, and Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer.
I don’t want it to be over!! I look forward to future gatherings where we will continue to honor Phyllis and carry on her integrity and mission!! I love you my dear friend. You are now cancer free and in the arms of our Creator. ❤️๐Ÿ˜ฅ I will miss you!! You were so much fun, Phyllis Bush!

Aubrey Willis‎ to Phyllis Bush
One of the greatest who ever stood in a classroom. Teaching is one thing but building a legacy of students who’s lives have been forever changed is something entirely different. Mrs B lived a life of purpose and advocacy for young people to be seen and heard. I am grateful, that in my journey, God allowed me to be a partaker of her gift. I am the fruit of her labor. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you Donna Roof and family for sharing her with the rest of her kids.
Rest well Mrs B!

Julie Gibbons‎ to Phyllis Bush
You didn't just teach English Lit, you taught kids how to be better humans. The world is a sweeter place for having had you in it. Rest well, Mrs. B.

Leah GiaQuinta Williams‎ to Phyllis Bush
Way to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, our cherished teacher, mentor, friend. We’ll take your spoon and promise to keep the pot stirring for you, but damn will we miss your earthly presence.

Emily Osbun Bermes‎ to Phyllis Bush
Damn it. Damn it. Damn it. Why. Why do humans like this die before their fire fighting was over. Absolute ugh.
I am so sorry for those close to her. I am so deeply sorry. She was special. Very.
She was a badass. A pusher in the best way. A true teacher. Lover. Advocate for education.
Someone who gently pushed me well into middle age. How lucky for me. I’ve taken some big leeps with her hands on my back. And I am one of thousands she pushed in thousands of ways.
Grateful. Sad. Confused. Grateful. Sad.
Anyone know when services are? I’d love to see sshs flood those gates.

Ginny Antrim‎ to Phyllis Bush
Phyliss you will so missed by those you loved, those who loved you, those you met and those who never have had the opportunity to meet you in your lifetime.
Your sweet spirit, sense of humor and love for all the good we can give to others in our world will always live on.
The gifts you had you shared with all giving freely your talents to both educate and inspire.
I give such a heartfelt Thank You for everything you did for not only me but for so many others.
My thoughts are with you and your wonderful family,Maguiver and Max Quigley.
Much love your way.

Laura Bailey‎ to Phyllis Bush
What you have accomplished in your community, your state and your life just by being you and doing what makes sense is amazing. Your fight is over, but your fire ignited so many more. Prayers to Donna and all others touched by your spirit.

Christa Rockey Buchenberger‎ to Phyllis Bush
Cheers to a beautiful life so well lived that you are called to the big league. Heaven will never be the same. The world will surely miss the beauty that you contributed.

Diane Livingston‎ to Phyllis Bush
Phyllis Bush you’re one of a kind! Thank you for being an inspiration to me and so many others. Your activism has left quite a legacy of strength, making the world a better place. Much love and peace.

Jenny Ferguson Kissel‎ to Phyllis Bush
Thank you, Phyllis Bush for fighting for those who could not fight on their. Thank for being their voice. Thank you for never backing down. Thank you to both you and Donna for sharing you lives with us. Your love and passion for others will not be forgotten.

Anne Rogers Cleve‎ to Phyllis Bush
Thank you for your everything, every day, for each of us... we should have an ‘Hour Long’ party in heaven! The Grapes of Wrath has never left me.

Michael Kaufmann‎ to Phyllis Bush
We've lost a good friend--and NE Indiana Public Education its staunchest supporter. Sad day for Fort Wayne.

Jennifer Warf‎ to Phyllis Bush
Rest in peace Mrs. Bush. I will miss your beautiful spirit on this Earth. Thank you for giving your students a passion for learning. Praying for you and your loved ones at this time of loss. Peace be with you! Much love, from Jennifer (Kimble) Warf (SSHS class of 1988)

Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer
I will miss my friend. She'll always be the wind beneath my wings! <3 br="">❤️

Julia Hollingsworth
RIP Phyllis Bush. Today we lost a fearless fighter for public education. We also lost a wonderful teacher, not just a teacher of young people, but a teacher of advocates for public education. Just like countless others, I will always be grateful to her for teaching me how to stand up for public education, how to be a voice for those who have none.

Adrienne Blessing Rogers
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
My high school teacher and friend, Phyllis Bush, lived her life by these words. I will miss her wisdom, her humor, and most of all her mere presence in this world. I look forward to meeting her precious soul again some day in a place that we can only imagine but she now knows...

Lynn Keen Greenberg
My dear friend, Phyllis, who is a voice of determination and reason, continues to be an inspiration and forever a teacher...

Indiana PTA
Indiana has lost a fierce advocate for public education. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Phyllis Bush. Phyllis was a former teacher, a member of the Board of Directors of the Network for Public Education, and a founding member of Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education. She was an advocate in every sense of the word, speaking up for every child. RIP Phyllis.

Mark Nash
I learned this evening that a friend of mine, as well as a BFD, Phyllis Bushpassed away after a hard fought battle with cancer. Phyllis was a fearless warrior who fought for so many students who have no voice in all of the decisions that politicians are making regarding education. She was a strong ally for the times when I would feel worn down or tired; she would keep fighting and speaking out. I only knew her a few years, and though we did not have a lot in common, we found common ground speaking out on countless education issues; and the Chicago Cubs. It has been an honor to have worked with you these last few years. You will be missed. RIP my friend; you have run the race, you have fought the good fight, and you kept the faith.
To Phyllis' family, friends, and to Donna, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Angela Hull Miller
The reality that Phyllis Bush is no longer with us still evades me. She was larger than life and such a shining example of how we all must fight for public education.๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ“š I was even able to stomach her love of the Cubs as a dedicated Cardinals fan, since it showed her resiliency and persistence! ⚾️⚾️⚾️ I won't wish her to rest in peace, because knowing her, she will most likely find a cause to champion in heaven! I appreciate ISTA's statement as she was an excellent role model for so many of us. Until we meet again, Phyllis, raise some heck! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™❤

Allen County Democratic Party Women's Club
So very sad to hear this news. A true warrior for public education. Phyllis will be missed in so many ways.

Diana Reed
An incredible lady who inspired and pushed others to reach beyond their limits. Thank you Phyllis Bush for your unwavering determination and leadership. Your inspiration has left a lasting legacy in each and every one of us. While my heart aches in the knowledge you are physically gone from this world, it beats on with a renewed strength to continue fighting the good fight for our children... our schools... our future.

Sheila Resseger I never had the opportunity to meet Phyllis in person, but I came to know her through her posts. I so admired her passion for public schools and children, and her ability to face her illness with courage and even humor. She will be missed but never forgotten. Condolences to her family and her many, many friends <3 br="">

David Shank
Marilyn Shank knew Ms. Bush much better than I but I remember her dynamic speeches and presence at Indiana Coalition for Public Educationevents and rallies. She was a take no stuff from anyone kind of advocate for kids through public education.

Indiana PTA
Indiana has lost a fierce advocate for public education. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Phyllis Bush. Phyllis was a former teacher, a member of the Board of Directors of the Network for Public Education, and a founding member of Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education. She was an advocate in every sense of the word, speaking up for every child. RIP Phyllis.


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