Elizabeth Mary (Bezner) White, 99, went to be with our Lord in heaven on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 in Dalhart.
Rosary will be held at 9:45 a.m. followed by a memorial mass at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with a burial to follow.
Elizabeth was born to Anna Mary Ruppanner and Louis Frederick Bezner in Lindsey, Texas on June 7, 1921. As a little girl the family moved to Hereford where she completed her education. After graduating from Hereford High School in 1939 she attended nursing school at St. Anthony’s hospital where she received her RN degree in 1942.
Nursing was a labor of love for Elizabeth. She was excellent at her work and held herself and all that worked around her to a high standard. Labor and delivery was her favorite department to be in, but through the years she worked in all areas of hospital health care. She worked her earliest years in the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Hot Springs N.M., Nebilet Hospital in Canyon, and Boys Ranch where she served as the facilities nurse.
Elizabeth spent most of her adult years living and working in Dumas, where she was the evening supervisor. Known as, “Hunnicutt”, she is fondly remembered by many for her caring spirit and her sense of community and being a great neighbor.
Elizabeth’s calling took her beyond the hospital walls as she would pack her blue overnight bag in an instant and be at the bedside of any family, friend or neighbor that needed her. She moved to Dalhart in 2002, where she was an active member of the community.
Elizabeth had many hobbies through the years. She refinished furniture, did China painting, excellent embroidery and mad many of her own clothes. She was a part of the “quilters” at the Dalhart Senior Center. She made prayer blankets with a group at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, where she was a devoted member.
Elizabeth had an extraordinary memory and loved keeping in touch with her family and many nieces and nephews. She never said no to a call for help, even as she cared for her own mother in her home for many years. Her desire to “take care” of people didn’t stop when she retired from nursing at Dumas Memorial Hospital in 1973, when she married the love of her life, John Peyton White. “You might take the nurse out of the hospital, but you’ll never take the nurse out of Liz.” Oh, if she could just get nurses back into a real “starched white uniform” life would be so grand. Even in the last years, with her own strength failing, she was concerned for all those around her. Her knowledge of healthcare and her love of her fellow pilgrim has endeared her to all.
Her family will forever be grateful to her. We will miss her and cherish the time God allowed her to be with us.
Elizabeth is proceeded in death by her parents, 9 siblings and her husband John P. White.
Elizabeth is survived by her sisters: Rita Howerton of Sacramento, CA and Sister Loretta Bezner of Greymoor, NY, as well as many nieces, nephew and great nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff for caring for our aunt, especially during the time of Covid-19 lockdown, when we could not see her. The staff of Hospice was wonderful in their care and love to our aunt in her last hours. Thank you.
In lieu of flowers you may make a memorial donation to DHCHD Hospice or to the charity of your choosing.