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Obituary for Col. Erma J. Sapp

April 30, 1937 - September 11, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 81


Our friend, Erma J Sapp (Jodi) was called to be with our Lord after a year's illness. Jodi was born April 30, 1937 and passed away on September 11, 2018. She died at her home in San Antonio, Texas.

Jodi was preceded in death by her parents Walter Louis and Edith Marie Woods Sapp, her sister Shirley Marina Sapp MacLean and brother in law DeWitt B MacLean. She is survived by her brother, J. Lamar Sapp and wife Helen L. Sapp of Plantation, Florida and nieces, nephews and many friends who will miss her presence.

Jodi entered into a life of caring and service to others when as a student at Vero Beach High School, she graciously volunteered her young skills at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida. Upon graduating from high school in 1955, she entered St. Vincent's School of Nursing in Jacksonville, Florida.

Nursing school was completed, and again Jodi chose to commit her life to service of others when she entered into a long career in the United States Air Force. She was a Vietnam Era Veteran. She continued her military career as a reservist in the 34th Air Evacuation Squadron (AES) and later the 32nd Aeromedical Evacuation Group (AEG). She was honored with a promotion to Chief Nurse of the 32 AEG and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from 1985-1989 and the Air Force Achievement Medal for Outstanding Performance in 1984. She was well loved by her staff and was frequently and fondly referred to as Colonel Hummingbird because of her never-ending drive and energy. She retired as a Colonel.

Jodi was also affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio where she served as research assistant and nurse oncology coordinator for the Department of Surgery from 1976 to 1995. She worked collegially with the late Professor J Bradley Aust and Professor A.B. Cruz. In her role she oversaw multiple clinical management and investigational protocols. In late 1996 she joined the clinical research team of the late Dr. Valerie Lawrence. She touched the lives of many patients, students and other health care providers. In the words of Dr Carey Page, "Jodi was a dedicated, no-nonsense patient advocate and an invaluable assistant to the doctors with whom she worked."

Not least among her accomplishments came after her inspiring military and nursing career ended. Jodi, a devout Catholic since a young adult, joined hands with the parishioners of Little Flower Basilica in San Antonio. Again, her willingness to serve others was remarkable. She volunteered with The Society of St Vincent de Paul and became the church leader of that group for many years. She was awarded the Blessed Ozanam Award by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio. The hallmark of Jodi's life was dedication to work and inspiring those around her to excellence.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 10:30am, at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, 824 Kentucky Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78201. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please extend loving support to a Veteran or the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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