ELBERT E. EARNEST Former Santa Fe and Espanola resident, Elbert E. Earnest died peacefully July 19, 2014 at the age of one hundred after spending the day with his family at his side encouraging him to head on home. He was a family man, farmer, schoolteacher, businessman, author of many letters to the editor, founding member of NM Common Cause, quietly spiritual religious scholar, champion and defender of the little guy, and community activist (on-going ardent opponent of WIPP). Born in Mena, Arkansas February 23, 1914 the family moved to Octavia, Oklahoma where he spent his first 11 years. In 1928 the family packed up everything into a 1925 Dodge and moved to the Estancia Valley. Elbert graduated from Estancia High School and the University of New Mexico. In 1935 he and the love of his life, Altha Love Wright, were married in a small Methodist Church in McIntosh, New Mexico. They moved to Hot Springs, New Mexico where Elbert worked for Carrie Tingley Children's Hospital until WW II broke out. The small family moved to California where he worked in the defense industry during the war. In 1944 the family moved to the Espanola Valley where Elbert taught school and was assistant principal. He took great pride in his life in the Espanola Valley and leaves many friends and ex-students with precious memories. In 1954 the family moved to Santa Fe where Elbert operated the Elbert Earnest Insurance Agency for 30 years, located on the plaza over Zook's Pharmacy and another office in Los Alamos. He retired in 1985. After losing his Altha to Alzheimer's in 2002 he moved to Manzano del Sol Retirement home in Albuquerque and later to Woodmark Uptown where he spent his last few weeks. Elbert was preceded in death by parents, James and Roxy; brothers, Hadley and Everett; sisters, Mabel, Zilpha, Hazel and Bernice; love of his life for over 67 years, wife Altha Love Wright Earnest, son David. He is survived by his brother H. Glen (Romance, Arkansas) and sister Peggy (Seattle, Washington), sons James (Mt. Vernon, Ohio), Stephen (Tulsa, OK), daughter Kathleen (Albuquerque), grandchildren- James, Jeffrey, Michael, Guthrie, Jesse, Susan Bernice, Mary Kathleen; great grandchildren- Nicholas, Alexander, Catherine, Mikayla and Emily. The family is especially grateful for the wonderful people at Manzano del Sol, Woodmark Uptown and Hospice New Mexico for their care and compassion. Elbert especially wanted to give a special thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Morgan of New Mexico Geriatrics who served as his primary care physician through good times and otherwise. Private burial services will be at Memorial Gardens in Santa Fe. A memorial service is in the planning stages and will be announced at a later date. Elbert asked that donations be given to organizations of your choice and in your name only. Some of his favorite organizations were Democratic National Committee, Sierra Club, ACLU, American Federation of Teachers, American Red Cross, Roadrunner Food Bank, McCurdy Mission and other progressive non-profit organizations dedicated to making the world a better place. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on July 22, 2014