Dr. Mabelyn "Lynn" Washburn Bertholf Westcot, 94, of Bloomington, was born in 1922, to Lloyd M. and Martha W. Bertholf. She died Monday (July 31, 2017) in Bloomington.

She married Bob Neal Westcot in 1961, in Daleville, Va. They had two children, Jon F. Westcot II, deceased, and Anne W. Bailey of Boston, Mass. She is also survived by brother, Dr. Max E. Bertholf, and his wife, Nancy, Daleville, Va.; grandson, Richard Westcot Bailey, Gloucester, Mass.; nieces, Susan B. LaRose and Carol B. Guessford, both of Roanoke, Va.; and nephews, Roger Bertholf, Houston, Texas, and Kevin Bertholf, Roanoke, Va.

Dr. Westcot was a graduate of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel University), The Johnson Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., (master of arts degree), and Illinois State University (doctor of education degree). She practiced nursing actively for 65 years in almost every nursing specialty of the time, including the Frontier Nurse Corps on horseback in the Appalachian Mountains. In 1954, she prepared, for the State of Tennessee Division of Hospital Services, their first system of evaluating nursing homes and homes for the aged, and later became executive director of the Tennessee Nurses' Association.

She joined the faculty of Illinois Wesleyan University in 1969, and assisted in starting the baccalaureate program in nursing at Millikin University, Decatur, in 1978. She directed the James Millikin Scholars' Program for two years and was chair of nurse faculty at Millikin until her retirement in 1984.

Dr. Westcot continued after retirement in several part-time positions until she became parish nurse with First United Methodist Church for the last 15 years of her professional practice. Over the years, she was an officer or member of many professional organizations. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Phi. Locally, she was an ex-officio member of the College Alumni Club and a life member of the Home Sweet Home Mission Auxiliary. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Her memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Evelyn Chapel, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington. Her interment will be Aug. 21 in Park Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, Bloomington.

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