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Burnice Loomis, 94 year old Woodward resident died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Weatherford. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, March 17, 2017 in the First Baptist Church with Reverend Tony Barros officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Erma Burnice (Van Winkle) Loomis was born on December 19, 1922 in Dewey County, Oklahoma; she was the daughter of James Edman and Cora Alice (Lyon) Van Winkle. Burnice's parents moved to Woodward County in 1925. She attended grade school at the Woodward View District and later at Tangier. She graduated from Tangier High School in 1940. Burnice married James Mrylen "Jim" Loomis on October 12, 1940 in Buffalo. They made their home in Dension, Texas; later moving to Texarkana, Texas and Pueblo, Colorado before moving back to Woodward. They farmed and operated a dairy, until the 1947 tornado, when the dairy was discontinued.

Burnice was employed at Orie's Grocery from 1954 to 1965. She then worked at Shean's Hardware until December of 1970, retiring to become a full time housewife.

She was a member of the Woodward First Baptist Church, and taught Sunday School classes and other biblical programs for several years. She served many years with the Woman's Missionary Union "WMU". She also attended the Extension Homemakers Organization serving as President of her local group and several county offices through the years.

Burnice was married for 66 years until the passing of her husband in 2007. In late 2006, she moved to Brookdale Weatherford Assisted Living. At Brookdale, she taught Sunday School class, started a program called " Just for Women" and provided encouragement to staff and residents. She organized Brookdale's library and planted flowers in the courtyard.

Through the years, she loved to cook, sew, crochet, make quilts and other craft hobbies. Many family members have quilts that she made. Jim and Burnice enjoyed gardening, camping, and spending thirteen winters in Arizona. She loved each member of her family and wanted the very best for each of them.

Survivors include daughter, Erma Murlin and husband Gerald of Woodward; son Jim Loomis and wife Jeanne; daughter, Anita Blankenship and husband Ron all of Weatherford; daughter, Alice Brooks of Tacoma, Washington; eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Cora Van Winkle; husband Jim Loomis; one son, Jackie Dee Loomis; grandson, Steven Loomis; son-in-law, Dan Brooks; and eight brothers.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Woodward First Baptist Church Bell Tower Fund with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on March 16, 2017
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