Elizabeth D. "Bette" Ermer dies at age 88

Nurse was an operating room supervisor

August 01, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Elizabeth D. "Bette" Ermer, a registered nurse and former operating room supervisor, died Tuesday from complications of a brain tumor at Sinai Hospital.

The Lochearn resident was 88.

Elizabeth Davis, the daughter of a sheet metal worker and a registered nurse, was born and raised in Scranton, Pa.

She was a 1938 graduate of Central High School and earned her nursing degree in 1943 from the Moses Taylor Hospital School of Nursing in Scranton.

She moved to Baltimore during World War II after marrying Jack Morgan, who was an ensign in the Navy. The couple later divorced.

Mrs. Ermer worked at the old West Baltimore General Hospital, which became Lutheran Hospital in 1948. She rose from a staff nurse to head nurse in the recovery room and later was promoted to operating room supervisor.

When Lutheran and Provident hospitals merged in the 1980s, she was daytime nursing supervisor until retiring in 1988.

During the 1950s, Mrs. Ermer had been an active member of Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and was church organist and choir director. She later joined the Second English Lutheran Church in Westview.

Proud of her Welsh heritage, Mrs. Ermer was a longtime member and past president of the Women's Welsh Club of Baltimore, and was secretary of the 1988 Welsh National Gymanfa Gnu, which was held in Baltimore that year.

In 1968, she married J. William Ermer, a mechanical engineer, and the couple settled in Lutherville.

The couple enjoyed traveling and, while on their honeymoon, were honored as the 10 millionth visitor to the Blue Ridge Parkway. After her husband's death in 1981, she continued to travel and visited Europe, China and the Holy Land.

Since 2004, Mrs. Ermer had lived at the Augsberg Lutheran Home in Lochearn.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Second English Lutheran Church, 5010 Briarclift Road.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Morgan Herron of West Arlington; and two nieces.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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