On November 13, 2021, our beloved sister and aunt Ernestina Cervantes, has been called “home” to join her parents and 9 other siblings. Ernestina was born in El Paso, Texas and moved to Phoenix, Arizona when she was 6 years old. Ernestina was a wonderful human being, who devoted much of her life to the service of others and the Catholic Church. Ernestina was a Eucharistic minister to the homebound, sick and incarcerated. She did this for many years. She also taught catechism in the preparation for first communion for hundreds of children over many years of service. Ernestina was very well known in the catholic community.
Ernestina will be greatly missed by those who knew her. She touched many lives in the 93 years of her existence. Anyone that knew Ernestina, would say that she was very kind, affectionate and warm. She loved being with her family and spend time especially with her nieces and nephews. Ernestina took pride in her work as a seamstress, she had a great eye for detail and helped create many beautiful designs for Aritogs.
A demonstration of her love for family was when she decided she needed to retire early, to care for her younger sister Esther, who was battling breast cancer. She cared for her for a couple of years, until she passed away. We will forever be grateful she was part of our family and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace our guardian angel.
Ernestina was preceded in death by Cruz D. Cervantes (Father), Lorenza Cortes Cervantes (Mother), Rosario Ruiz (Sister), Enedina Ruiz (Sister), Esther Cervantes (Sister), Carlotta Cervantes (Sister), Raymond Cervantes (Brother), Luis Cervantes (Brother), Hector Cervantes (Brother), Cruz Cervantes (Brother).
Ernestina is survived by Rosie Flores (Sister), Glendale, Arizona.
Visitation & Rosary will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm with a Rosary to be held at 2:00pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School, Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018. A Celebration of Mass: Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:00am at St Helen’s Catholic Church, 5510 W. Cholla Street, Glendale, AZ 85304. Burial to follow at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008.
We love you and will dearly miss you Tia Ernie. Your memory will always be a blessing to our family.
With much love,
The Amazing Johnson’s
Tia Ernie you will be deeply missed. I will cherish the last 11 years of memories I’ve had with you. I will miss coming over and you saying “how’s your mom doing?” You were always dressed up and so beautiful. Now you’re the most beautiful angel. We love you forever and always Tia
Such a wonderful person and true servant of God. Our love goes out to the Flores Family during this difficult time.
Ong Family, Pitman Family, and Merrill Family
My precious Tia Ernie, I have been blessed with 53 years of your unconditional love and support. You were always there for me while growing up and showing my brother Jaime and I what the church life was all about and keeping god present in our lives. You always prayed for us and did whatever you could for us, and for that I’m eternally grateful. Thank you for all the memories growing up, you were such a huge part of our lives. I will never forget you and know someday we will see each other again! Thank you for loving me, my kids and grandkids. They all love you dearly. I was honored to have you in my life for all my life! I love you Tia and know heaven gained a new Angel.