Bushnell, Edna L.

Edna L. Bushnell, 94, of Salem, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. A native and lifelong resident of Salem, she was the oldest child of the late Chester and Lilly Bradley Mills. She was a life member of the First Christian Church, where she taught Sunday School and was active in the choir. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and volunteered at the Salem Food Pantry.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband ,William T. Bushnell, who died in 1972, and three brothers, Paul Ray and Howard Mills, and two sisters, Juanita Guthrie and Grace Counts.

Edna Bushnell
Edna Bushnell

She is survived by son Daniel Bushnell and his wife Norma; granddaughters Dr. Angela B. Perry and husband Tim, and Robin Frazier; sister Louise Crotts; brother-in-law A.J. “Coony” Counts; sisters-in-law Elizabeth Mills and Dilys St. Clair, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere appreciation to Visiting Angels especially Linda Day, her former daughter-in-law, friend and caregiver Gail Bushnell, good friend and caregiver Peggy Thompson, and good neighbors and friends Margaret and Sharon Key.

Funeral services were held Oct. 11 in the Chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home. The Rev. Dan Netting officiated. Internment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 712 Front Ave., Salem, VA 24153 or to the Salem Food Pantry, 620 Chapman St. Salem, VA 24153. An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting

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