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Elizabeth Dunn Loftus  

Elizabeth Dunn Loftus

March 18, 1921 – August 26, 2016

Elizabeth Dunn Loftus, age 95, longtime resident of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 26, 2016, in the Compassionate Care Hospice Unit at St. Francis Hospital.

Elizabeth was born in Beaver Meadows, PA on March 18, 1921, and was the third of four children of the late Albert and Catherine (Sippel) Dunn. Elizabeth enlisted in the U.S. Navy where she cared for troops serving in WWII and the Korean War, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. She met an injured soldier named Jack Loftus whom she eventually married and together, the couple raised their children, Betty Ann and Paul.

After Jack’s passing in 1999, Elizabeth connected with a group of fellow women veterans from WAVE’s Unit 10. The women met monthly and formed a strong bond.
Elizabeth was an amazing mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She adored her grandchildren and even though she became a grandmother later in life, looked forward to hearing about her grandchildren’s daily activities and antics.

In her leisure time, Elizabeth adored trips to Dewey Beach to dip her feet in the ocean surf or eat crabs on the porch with her grandchildren while enjoying the ocean breeze. On occasion, she would bring some of her WAVE friends to the beach, where this group became fondly referred to as the “Golden Girls”.

Elizabeth will be remembered for her positive outlook. Even when she was ill and slightly forgetful, she often reminded her loved ones to remain happy. Elizabeth lived a full and magnificent life, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, John P. “Jack” Loftus; daughter, Elizabeth A. “Betty Ann” Loftus; granddaughter, Madeline Elizabeth Loftus; and siblings, William Dunn, Harold Dunn and Louise Faust. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Paul J. and Marcy Loftus of Poolesville, MD; grandchildren, Catherine, Margaret, Jack, and Will; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Elizabeth’s neighbors for the tremendous support they gave her over the years; and the staff of Delaware Hospice; and Minda, Sue, Diana, and the entire team of Shore Care for their loving and compassionate care.

A funeral service will be held at 10 am on Tuesday morning, September 6, 2016 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation will be held from 9:30 am until 10 am. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen, 116 Purple Heart Dr., Dover AFB, DE 19902.

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  1. Robert & Cathy Lasowski and Jeffrey Lewis, September 1, 2016

    Paul- We are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Betty was a wonderful person and will always hold a special place in my heart. She has now been reunited with the rest of the Dunn children and your Dad. God Bless you & your family and may he give you strength at this difficult time. Love- Your Cousin Cathy

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  2. Jill MacKenzie, September 4, 2016

    Dear Paul: Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. The obituary was a lovely tribute to her and captured a life well lived. You forgot to mention that she made the best coleslaw! All the best to you, Marcy, and your lovely family. Jill MacKenzie and the MacKenzie Family (Helen, Laurie & Larry Seese, Susan MacKenzie)

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    • Paul Loftus, September 10, 2016

      Jill and Family,

      Thanks for the note. My mother had a amazing life and even though later in life became a grand mother. Yes she loved her cole slaw and in her eyes it was a staple at Thanksgiving. I hope all is well with the Mackenzie crew. I hope to make it up to Hagley for one of the car shows. Best always. Paul and family( Marcy,Catherine, Margaret, Jack and Will)

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  3. Aliyah Provost Johnson, September 16, 2016

    I am so sorry for your loss. May I just say, this picture of her…she is so pretty! But when you have time look up the scripture Revelation 21:4. God promises that there will be no more death and in the bible he gives us the clear hope of a resurrection. My prayers are with your family.

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