April 20, 2018

Betty Loomas (born Elizabeth A. Schick) passed away at the age of 90 on Feb. 1, 2018, at Winter Park Memorial Hospital in Florida of complications from pneumonia after an extended illness. 

Betty graduated with a 5-year college degree from Villa Nova College in 1945; and, was married 1 year later.

Betty and her best friend and associate, Susie Wright, began the 1st Practical Nursing Program in the late 1950s with 15 female students, who would each earn a 2-year degree. They later revised the program to include LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) accreditation. 

Betty and Susie worked with the capitol to learn state and commonwealth standards, the adoption of which allowed their program to gain wide acceptance by college and nursing state boards. They were successful and gained collegiate acceptance as a 2-year college degree as an LPN program. Betty worked with this program from 1958-1972. She felt the changing times needed updated teachers certified to carry on this program. It still exists today. 

She moved to Orlando’s College Park area in 1972 where she resided until her death. 

Betty was preceded in death by her first husband when she was 32 years old, and later Jerry (73), and Manny (80). She was also predeceased by her son Tom (65); her grandsons Michael (35) and Steve (37); her parents, Gertrude and Lew; and, all of her husband’s family members all before the age of 40.

Betty is survived by her three daughters: Barbara (Concord, NC), Sue (Orlando) and Jan (Orlando). She is also survived by her grandson Greg (North Carolina) and local grandchildren Aubrey (Bree) and David Suberman, who all had a close knit relationship with their grandmother; and those out of state are several grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She will be missed by her family and close friends: Rose, Jerry, Pat, Jim and Doris, Bob and Deann Carr and, of course, her cat Pretty Girl, who resides at her home. 

Donations may be made to a nursing school of your choice or to Hospice of the Comforter.

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