Martha Jones Bussell - Austin Funeral & Cremation Services

Martha Bussell

Born: July 20, 1952
Died: December 9, 2019
Current City: Nashville, Tennessee

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Honoring Martha Bussell

Martha Elizabeth Tanner Jones Bussell, 67, of Nashville passed away on December 9, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Owensboro, KY on July 20, 1952 to Isaac (Gilbert) H. Tanner and Myrle Lee Crowe Tanner Dewitt.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Bussell; her sons, Matthew Jones (Rachel) and Zachary Jones of Nashville; her step-daughters Laura Tucker (Jonathan) of McKinney, TX, Joy Clark (Ray) of Celina, TX, Janna Shepherd (Kyle) of Nashville; her siblings Mary Miller Higgs (Don), Allen Tanner (Betty), and Kay Bramschreiber (R.D.), all of Owensboro, KY; her granddaughter Vivian Elizabeth; eight step-grandchildren; and beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Larry Tanner, and her niece Daphne Miller-Smith.

Martha graduated from Owensboro High School in 1970.  She graduated from The Salvation Army School for Officer Training in 1972 and served as an Officer for five years. She then began a career as a legal secretary, first in Washington, D.C. and then in Nashville at Cornelius and Collins. Later, she pursued her true calling to help children achieve their full potential as an elementary school teacher and received a B.S. from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1998. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades with MNPS, most recently at Pennington Elementary, for 18 years before retiring in 2016 to be a full-time Grandmom.

Throughout her life, Martha treasured the time she spent with her family and friends. Her Christian faith was her foundation. She was an active member of Harpeth Hills Church of Christ where she met and married Tom on November 30, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the SALT ministry there.

A service celebrating Martha’s life will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ.  Her family will receive friends starting at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow immediately after the service at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

To leave a note or share a memory with Martha’s family, please sign the online guestbook.