She was born Sept. 27, 1922. She was a native of Clarke County. She was valedictorian of her high school graduating class. She was a charter class graduate of the University of Mobile in 1967. She was a recipient of the J.L. Bedsole Improvement Award. She taught school for 25 years in public and private settings during which time she received her Master of Arts in Education. She was a longstanding member of Knollwood Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include two sons, Neville Q. ( Joyce) Rush, Panama City, Fla., Carl A. (Stacy) Rush, Alexandria, Virginia; two daughters, Nelda R. (Tommy) Woodall, Resaca, Georgia, Sandra R. (Charles) Covington, Longwood, Fla.; one brother, Calvin McDonald; five sisters, Marlene Brock, Theda Ertzgard, Fay (Everette) Stephens, Ouida McIntyre, Anna Welsh; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Quinton W. Rush; a daughter, Dianne R. Cottrell, a grandson, Jeremy M. Cottrell, parents, Carlos and Alice McDonald, four brothers, Fred McDonald, Herman McDonald, Watson McDonald and Alexander McDonald.
The service was April 24 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Mobile.
Active pallbearers were Ben Cottrell, Seth Cottrell, Charles Covington, Calvin McDonald, Keith Rush, Kenneth Stephens, Randall Woodall.
Honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Rush’s grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mabel Rush Scholarship Fund, University of Mobile, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, AL 36613.