Ophelia Dietz Ernst

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Ophelia Dietz Ernst

Ophelia Dietz Ernst peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2022. She was born in Talpa, Texas on September 18, 1940. She enjoyed living and growing up on her family's farm in West Texas.

She graduated valedictorian of Winters High School in 1959. She did her undergraduate studies at McMurray University and Texas Tech University. She earned her master's degree from Trinity University in Educational Supervision.

Ophelia started her teaching career at Kennedy High School teaching English. She also taught English at Irving Junior High School and Special Ed at Horace Mann Middle School. After earning her master's degree, she became a Curriculum Specialist with the SAISD Special Ed Department. She then secured the position of Instructional Coordinator for Special Ed. She had a positive impact on countless students' lives as a result of her devotion to assure that all students were provided appropriate educational opportunities to set them up for success.

She was a nature lover, birder, and gardener. She participated in a multitude of Master Gardener projects including tree and garden plantings. She enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and abroad having adventures with her family. Gaston and Ophelia enjoyed watching classic and western movies together. She was an avid reader of mysteries. She was an artist who created sculptures, photography, and landscape design.

Ophelia was preceded in death by her parents, Effie Gracie and Sidney Bob Dietz; her brother, Geral Dietz; and her mother and father-in-law, Geraldine and Adolph Ernst.

She will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband, Lonnie Gaston Ernst. They were high school sweethearts and were married for 59 years. She is also survived by her daughters, Adrianna and Elissa; grandchildren, Brice, Colin, Ava Grace, and Aiden; and sons-in-law, Charles Hawkins and Brad Hall.

Ophelia requested her ashes to be scattered amongst beautiful wildflowers in an intimate gathering with her immediate family. As a supporter of multiple nature organizations over the years, her family would be honored, in lieu of flowers, that memorial gifts be made in Ophelia's name to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center or Texas Trees Foundation.

She lived knowing she was loved by her family, loving them in return.

Posted online on April 07, 2022

Published in Runnels County Register

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Ophelia Dietz Ernst

Ophelia Dietz Ernst

Ophelia Dietz Ernst peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2022. She was born in Talpa, Texas on September 18, 1940. She enjoyed living and growing up on her family's farm in West Texas.

She graduated valedictorian of Winters High School in 1959. She did her undergraduate studies at McMurray University and Texas Tech University. She earned her master's degree from Trinity University in Educational Supervision.

Ophelia started her teaching career at Kennedy High School teaching English. She also taught English at Irving Junior High School and Special Ed at Horace Mann Middle School. After earning her master's degree, she became a Curriculum Specialist with the SAISD Special Ed Department. She then secured the position of Instructional Coordinator for Special Ed. She had a positive impact on countless students' lives as a result of her devotion to assure that all students were provided appropriate educational opportunities to set them up for success.

She was a nature lover, birder, and gardener. She participated in a multitude of Master Gardener projects including tree and garden plantings. She enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and abroad having adventures with her family. Gaston and Ophelia enjoyed watching classic and western movies together. She was an avid reader of mysteries. She was an artist who created sculptures, photography, and landscape design.

Ophelia was preceded in death by her parents, Effie Gracie and Sidney Bob Dietz; her brother, Geral Dietz; and her mother and father-in-law, Geraldine and Adolph Ernst.

She will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband, Lonnie Gaston Ernst. They were high school sweethearts and were married for 59 years. She is also survived by her daughters, Adrianna and Elissa; grandchildren, Brice, Colin, Ava Grace, and Aiden; and sons-in-law, Charles Hawkins and Brad Hall.

Ophelia requested her ashes to be scattered amongst beautiful wildflowers in an intimate gathering with her immediate family. As a supporter of multiple nature organizations over the years, her family would be honored, in lieu of flowers, that memorial gifts be made in Ophelia's name to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center or Texas Trees Foundation.

She lived knowing she was loved by her family, loving them in return.

Posted online on April 07, 2022

Published in Runnels County Register