The Loane family of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, has made a generous bequest in memory of Mary Elizabeth “Pat” Loane (February 28, 1936-July 3, 2019).
“She was a beloved wife, mother of four children, and a registered nurse graduate of Good Samaritan School of Nursing,” said Jeff Loane, her husband of 60 years. Now closed, the Good Samaritan School of Nursing was located in Lexington, Kentucky. “She practiced her profession in the fields of obstetrics, mental health, public health, and long-term care.”
Joining in the bequest are the four Loane children: Jeffrey D. Loane, Jr., Christi E. Phillips, Cynthia D. Sheldon, and Martin T. Loane.
Born in Burgin, Kentucky, Mary Elizabeth “Pat” Loane was the daughter of the late James and Blanche Duncan Campbell. She worked as a registered nurse at Ephraim McDowell RegionalMedical Center in Danville, Kentucky; the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg, Kentucky; and Kentucky State Hospital.
“She spent a long, active, and varied career in nursing,” Mr. Loane said. “She worked in just about every setting you can work in as a nurse.”
Though she was not a midwife, Mrs. Loane was interested in and very supportive of the profession.
“She knew of Frontier and some classmates of hers had moved down to eastern Kentucky to get involved in midwifery,” Mr. Loane said, noting that the family was reminded about Frontier
when they saw the campus sign and an ad on TV. “As a family, we thought about a bequest to Frontier after she died. We wanted to give to something of a lasting nature that she supported.”
The Loane family bequest will carry on Mrs. Loane’s memory for generations to come in the form of an endowed scholarship for FNU students.