Calmly she goes about every day work, never making a scene, ranting, and raving or carrying a sign, she simply does what she knows in her heart and mind is God’s way.
Marjorie Bush is truly one of those pioneering individuals who have made a difference in the community – and like an unsung hero kept out of the limelight.
On National Heroes Day, Monday, 28 January, she, along with 32 others, will receive awards for being youth service pioneers in dedicating time and expertise to the youths of the Cayman Islands.
“I never even thought about receiving an award for what I was doing,” said Mrs. Bush with that undeniable dignity and quietness that so becomes her character.
A behind-the-scenes stickler for details at work, home and service, Mrs. Bush is an old school Caymanian – she believes manners, good deeds, respect for elders, a good heart and praising God will take you far and give you much in this world.
Despite not having a role model in her life, Mrs. Bush went about her childhood days contributing to home, like most children did back in the day. It never crossed her mind that she was being a role model as she went about assisting the youths.
“When I became a Christian, I wanted to do something to please God,” she said. “I love children and that is what I wanted to get involved with. They are our future, what they grow up to be will determine what our tomorrows will be.”
Mrs. Bush is happy if she inspired a child and taught him or her about who God really is and what he can do for them.
Teaching Sunday school at Wesleyan Holiness Church in West Bay for the past 30 years, she recalls how it was back in the day.
“Some classes were held on the parsonage porch because space was limited in the church,” she said. “Sunday school preliminaries was held in the church, but when it came time for classes, we would separate. The same was done for vacation Bible school. We would sing songs, learn Bible verses and pray.”
According to Mrs. Bush, children attending her Sunday school class are no different today. A few would misbehave and some would not want to leave their parents. But after they got used to the routine they looked forward to it and really enjoyed the time.
Growing up on Fountain Road in West Bay in Grand Cayman to parents Emil and Cynthia Ebanks, now deceased, she filled her days with play and house work.
“We were very poor back then but I did not know it, I was happy,” she said. “I had my share of chores and went about doing them. One thing I can say is I always looked forward to having the time afterward to play with my friends. Games were simple in those days, and lots of fun. We went swimming, climbed trees, played hide and seek, skip rope, marbles and collected mangoes and sea grapes when they were in season.”
As her teenage years rolled into adulthood, she met Laten, now her husband. Also a strong believer in the Christian faith, he encouraged and supported her in the best way he could. “To make a long story short, after Jesus, he is my best friend,” she said.
When it comes to living her life, Mrs. Bush said: “He never fails and has always been there for me. Throughout my life, God has provided, even when I applied for a darkroom technician job at Cayman Free Press.”
For the past 38 years, she has dedicated her services to Cayman Free Press and just like she has given it all she’s got with being an excellent role model for the youths of these Islands, she had dedicated her best services to the company.