Barbara Celeste Ernest
1928 - 2021
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Apr. 11, 1928 - Mar. 17, 2021 Our beloved passed away on one of her favorite holidays St. Patrick's Day. Barbara was born in Los Angeles to Annah Moran and US Army recruiter Henry Moran. She was proud of being an LA girl from John C. Fremont High School. She was predeceased by her husband Virgil, parents and all five of her siblings. Barbara and Virgil met at the US Naval Station in China Lake, CA where he was stationed as a Marine and she was working as a civil servant, marrying in 1948. They made lifelong friends during their time there as well as at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where they lived for four happy years. Then this LA city girl became a farmer's wife in Tulare CA. Along the way, Barbara and Virgil became parents to ten children. She always said that her life's goal was to have a large family, and she sure did. Family connections were most important to her. People always knew where Barbara was because she could be heard laughing, talking, or singing. She loved organizing family events and designing projects for home improvements. Also, she claimed to be the instigator of the Ernest family reunions where she made sure her children were going to "know their cousins." Vacations almost always involved visiting family members around the US. She especially loved Hawaii! Through all of these events and travels , she had a camera at hand and created photo albums of them all, thereby leaving her descendants a huge photographic record of her/their lives. Barbara returned to the South Bay when she and Virgil moved to El Segundo in 1966 where she worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for several local businesses. Barbara was a faithful parishioner at St. Anthony Catholic Church, where her children attended school, and was honored a few years ago by the parish for her many years of devotion. Barbara passed away at her El Segundo home where all ten of her children had gathered. She is survived by sons Don (Deb), Dave (Laurie), Dana (Linda), Devin (Stacey), Dan (Mari) and daughters Deborah, Dorinda (Paul), Drucilla (Greg), Deirdre (Jim), Dulcie (Sheldon), as well as 28 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Additionally, she opened her home to extended family members and friends over the years. She was a role model for many in how to live a life of integrity, service, tolerance, unconditional love and joy. She had the strongest work ethic and amount of energy, even into her last years. Memorial/funeral arrangements are on hold. Final resting place will ultimately be beside her husband at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Donations can be made to two organizations near and dear to her - Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Red Cross.


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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 28, 2021.
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April 16, 2021
To the Ernest family: Sending you my sympathy and prayers on the loss of your mom. I met Barbara through my mother-in-law, Terri Heinlein. I know they were good friends and Barbara was at many of our Heinlein special occasions, weddings, showers, parties, etc...... She was so friendly and kind to everyone! She always had a smile on her face. I’m glad I got to meet and know her, and I will always remember her smiling face.
Sue
Sue Heinlein
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April 8, 2021
I was so sorry to hear about Mrs. Ernest. I remember her from my St. Anthony’s days and beyond. How she remembered everyone I’ll never know, but she did.

We shared our wedding day with another friend and one of the girls. (June 1977) It seemed that I would always run into Mrs. Ernest in Market Basket on trips home and she always asked after my life and family in England. Drucilla and I also did Irish dancing together and Mrs. Ernest would remark on those days. I remember that she always had a smile on her face and loved a chat.

My thoughts are with you all.

Gayle (Coveleski) Webb
Sawston, Cambridge, England

Gayle (Coveleski) Webb
Friend
March 29, 2021
Condolences to all the Ernest family from the Wilder family. I remember Mrs. Ernest well—may she rest in eternal peace.
Anne Wilder
Friend
March 28, 2021
Loved worked with Barbara at Dulcie’s Flower shop and seeing her around town. What a lovely, fun lady she was. Love to the family from our family. Pete and Maddy Peterson.
Madlynne Peterson
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