Ernestine B. Tester, age 82, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving husband, children, and grandchildren. She was born February 12, 1930, in Scott City, KS, to George and Myrtle (Wood) Berckefeldt. Ernestine was a member of Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit, TX. She loved crocheting and sewing. She was a great cook and homemaker. Ernestine was a loving mother and very personable and loved to visit. She was known to everyone one as "Nanny". Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband, James Tester of Kermit, TX; two sons, James L. Tester of San Angelo, TX and Kevin C. Tester and wife, Teresa of Monahans, TX; three daughters, Linda Alley and husband, Gary of Midland, TX; Darla Porter of Kerrville, TX; and Georgann Smith of Colorado City, TX; one sister, Wilma Carara of Colorado Springs, CO; eight grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Harold William Berckefeldt; one sister, Alma Lee McBride; and one granddaughter, Miranda Sevier. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit, TX, with Brother Robert Matney, officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: James Tester, Kevin Tester, Todd Richardson, Sterling Goldston, Justin Tester, and Jamie Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be: Rusty Jones, Mike Cooper, Rodney Hayes, and George Keeley. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Compass Hospice in Odessa for their time and loving care during "Nanny's" final days. Memorials may be made to Compass Hospice, 1330 East 8th Street, Ste 410, Odessa, TX 79761. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. Online condolences may be sent, at: fs-fp.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Oct. 30, 2012