(TAMPA, Fla.) Betty Sue Wadsworth Doan, 86, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2021, at her home in Tampa, Fla.
Born in Roanoke on Nov. 4, 1934, to the late Ben Awbrey Wadsworth Sr. and Marinel Bonner Wadsworth, Betty was a graduate of Handley High School. She was a classical pianist and cheerleader and was raised in Roanoke's First Baptist Church. After moving to Tallahassee, Fla., in 1966, she raised her children in St. John's Episcopal Church with her husband, Robert Doan. Later in life she moved to Tampa to be closer to her children. She was protective of her children, teaching, guiding and listening as a strong mother.
Betty's passion in life was to be a nurse. As a child, she helped her grandfather, Dr. Bonner, with tasks around the office and soon developed a passion for helping others. She received an AA degree in nursing and become an RN at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where she served as head nurse of IVT therapy for 26 years. She is credited with installing the first PICC line in Florida. Her team of IVT nurses provided her praise for her accomplishments and how much of a family they became. Her nursing team elaborates on how fiercely protective she was of the nurses. As a smaller unit in the hospital, they were an all-RN team and praise her impact on their lives.
She was also very much loved by her friends and neighbors, always wanting to chat, feed the ducks and give a Coca-Cola to the yardmen and workers. She will be missed. She is in heaven with her Moms and Pop.
She is survived by her daughter, Bonna Anne Larson (David); two sons, Robert Hudson Doan Jr. (Traci) and Ben Wadsworth Doan (Jenny); and five grandchildren, Taylor Wadsworth Doan, Daniel Puryear Doan, Robert Ryan Doan, Paul Michael Doan and Katherine Emily Larson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Annie Pearl Wadsworth.
A memorial service is being planned in the near future to accommodate all the family and friends who loved her.
Gonzalez Funeral Home, Tampa.