Mary Lou Earnest
July 30, 1933  -  March 8, 2019

Mary Lou Earnest

MintonChatwell Funeral Directors
314 S. Hedgecoke
Borger, TX  79007
Monday, March 11, 2019
6 pm
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. John Catholic Church
201 St. John's Rd.
Borger, TX  79007
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
10 am
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Westlawn Memorial Park
8745 Hwy 136 - 6 Miles West of Borger
Borger, TX  79007
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University Of The Incarnate Word Alumni Association
4301 Broadway, CPO #298
San Antonio, TX  78209
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Mary Lou Earnest, 85, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at St. John Catholic Church with Father James M. Schmitmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in Westlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. The rosary will be recited starting at 6:00 pm on Monday, March 11, 2019 in the Minton Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers her memory may be honored with a gift to the University Of The Incarnate Word Alumni Association, 4301 Broadway, CPO #298, San Antonio, Texas 78209.

Mary Lou was born July 30, 1933 in Logan, New Mexico to Clifford Cornett and Mary Agnes Romero Cornett. She married Oliver Earnest on May 10, 1956. Mary Lou was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Borger. She graduated from Borger High School in 1951. Then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Incarnate Word College in 1955. She retired in 1990 from Sanford Fritch Independent School District where she worked as the school nurse for 23 years. Mary Lou was the Rodeo Sponsor for Sanford Fritch High School for many years. She and her husband were a great duo, they served as 4-H leaders for about 10 years, built two cabins in South Fork, Colorado and also built their daughter Janet’s log house in Fritch.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Mary Cornett; husband, Oliver Earnest; daughters, Susan Doughten and Margaret Ynacay; and son-in-law, Jimmy Morrison.

She is survived by daughter, Janet Morrison of Fritch; grandchildren, Julie Lucero and husband Dominic, Rachel Hand, Ryan Hand and wife Raetanna, Michael Morrison and wife Mary, April Curnutt and husband Derrick, Terrie Strickland and husband Cody, Cortney Ynacay; great grandchildren, Hayden, Anzlie, Allysen, Jaxson, Gracie, Nakona, Savannah, Oliver, Aubra, Blaze, Liam, Levi, and one due to arrive in August; sister, Carol Ann Cornett Herbst and husband Cliff; brother, Dan Cornett and wife Caroline; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family.


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  1. Kim Honeycutt
    Fritch, TX

    Mary Lou was another grandma to me growing up and I am so thankful I had her. Not only that she was an amazing nurse that always showed love and compassion for each student. I seen this and always wanted to show my patients that same love and compassion as I journeyed to become an LVN. Still to this day if I have an upset stomach I reach for a peppermint as that is what she gave us when we came into her office at school for this same issue. I love you all and I’m so sorry for the pain you each have endured this past week. May God wrap his hands around each and everyone of you and bring comfort during this time and the hard days ahead.

  2. Rinica Williams
    Borger, TX

    So sorry to hear of Mary Lous passing. Rinica, David Ryne and Heather Williams

  3. Cindy Reynolds-Jones
    Fritch, TX

    What a wonderful, special lady!! Prayers to the family! We will miss her deeply...πŸ˜‘πŸ’–πŸ’–

  4. Julie Lucero
    Fritch, TX

    Grandma you were so influential in our lives and our bond will last forever. So many wonderful memories and really loved the mornings we would have coffee and talk about anything and everything! Loved doing yard work with you loved going on trips with you loved surprising you and loved you whole heartedly. You were the matriarch of our family and our spiritual leader and guide. You left us with so much knowledge and love. Loved going to church with you and listening to your wisdom and how father would wash the dishes at mass. Those quilts and all the hard work and those gentle yet hard working hands of yours and getting to hold your hands when you left this earth to be with our other loved ones. We love you grandma we will miss you until we see you agian pray for us and we will pray for you. Julie Dom Anzlie and Jaxson.β€β€β€β€πŸ™πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

  5. Joe and Genny Thornton
    Fritch, TX

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  6. Ethel oatman
    Fritch, TX

    Janet so very sorry for both your losses, it has been a hard week for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Bill and Donna Campos
    Fritch sweet l, TX

    Was a sweet lady. She will be missed by all. Prayers for the family.

  8. Mike & Robin Lucero
    Fritch, TX

    Prayers once more for this family, may God give you peace that pass passeth all understanding.

  9. Terry,Betty, Shana Collins
    Fritch, TX

    You in our thought and prayers. She was such a sweet blessing to our family .

  10. Karen Sperry Work
    Carlsbad, NM

    So sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady that I have fond memories from school about! My prayers are with you Janet and to her entire family!

  11. Renae watd
    Houston, TX

    Janet,April,Michael and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope your thought are flooded with endless happy memories of such a wonderful person! My sincerest condolences.

  12. Tom Snow
    Amarillo, TX

    To the family, I give my deepest sympathy. What a tough week. Mary Lou was my school nurse, my cheerleader and my friend. Such a great lady and I will cherish her memory.

  13. Jack Daniell
    Amarillo, TX

    Janet, your mother was one great lady that Shirley and I respected so much. You and your family are in our prayers.

  14. Della Maxwell
    Stinnett, TX

    I am sure you are making a beautiful quilt in heaven. I a, blessed to know you

  15. Carol Ward
    Fritch, TX

    Janet, My prayers are with you and your family. Jimmy and your Mom will be watching over you from heaven. God Bless all of you!

  16. Alice A Gunter
    Fritch, TX

    We are so sorry to hear of her passing, and for Jimmy too, bless you all. Mary Lou was a pillar in the foundation of Fritch Elementary school, she passed out bushels of love and advice. Prayers for you all during this time.

  17. Laura Brinson
    Katy, TX

    Many fond memories. Prayers for all your family.

  18. April Curnutt
    Fritch, TX

    The moment that you left me, my heart was split in two. One side was filled with memories, the other side died with you. I often lay awake at night when the world is fast asleep, and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheeks. Remembering you is easy, I do it every day, missing you is a heartache that never goes away. I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain, you see life has gone on without you, nut will never be the same.
    Your life was a blessing, your memory is a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
    God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered β€œCome to me”.
    You may be gone from my sight, but you will never be gone from my heart. I may not be able to see your face, but I will always see your sweet smile. I may never hear your voice again but you will forever echo in my soul. I love you forever and always Grandma Mary Lou.

  19. Gary & Regina Austin & Bea Lively
    Fritch, TX

    Janet, our hearts break for you. So much heartache for you the past couple of days. Prayers and hugs for you and all your family!

  20. Terri Willis
    Borger, TX

    A Angel received her wings ,today
    I will miss her greatly.
    Love and Prayers to family.

  21. James and Ethel Benningfield
    Texline, Our prayers and Thoughts are with, TX

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with the Family at this time of Great Sorrow. May God wrap his arms around each of you as you go through this time. May he give you Comfort and Peace. Mary Lou was a Wonderful Lady. May God Bless you all.

  22. Jerri Collins
    Des Moines, IA

    I have fond memories of her being our school nurse the entire time I was in school. She was always so kind and part of the influence that helped me choose my career.

  23. Pat Minton
    Borger, TX

    Janet ,so sorry for your lost ,I can't imagine the sorrow for you losing 2 precious wwdays . Prayers for you & your family love ones in a family.

  24. Linda Herbst
    Amarillo, TX

    Mary Lou was someone i could call and talk to I wish I hadn't been so busy working and could have seen her I love you Mary Lou with all my heart you will be greatly missed.πŸ’–

  25. Bill and Renee Phillips
    Fritch, TX

    Coach and I are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!

  26. Jan & Donnie Bell
    Fritch, TX

    Our prayers are with your family at this time. We loved Mary Lou so much. She was so much a part of our childhood. We have special memories of her distinct laughter, quick witt, dicipline and the love she gave us over the years. May the Lord bless you with peace. Love you!

  27. Patricia Black
    Fritch, TX

    Such a great woman. She will be missed. Prayers for you Janet and your whole family. So sorry for all your loss

  28. Susan Bell
    Fritch, TX

    So sorry to hear of Mary Lou's passing. I have many wonderful memories of fun times with the Ernest family during my softball and Girl Scout days. Rest in peace Mary Lou.

  29. Yvonne Garcia Payne
    Borger, TX

    Our world has lost a beautiful lady today! My heart is with all of her family. I know she will be missed by everyone! Good bye for now Mary! With Love and Respect!

  30. Tammy Mercer
    Mesa, AZ

    My prayers for her family. Mary Lou was always so kind to everyone, sharing her beautiful smile , love and laughter with everyone she encountered. Her passing leaves a huge void on this earth, but heaven is rejoicing. Peace love and prayers to Janet and the family.

  31. dora lou snider
    Fritch, TX

    Such a sweet lady. Know she will be missed by many. Janet, my prayers are with you and your family.

  32. Melissa Nickell
    Cyril, OK

    She was good woman and will be missed by many.

  33. Rachel Hand
    Amarillo, TX

    It is with a broken heart that I say goodbye to one of the biggest influences in my life. I love you grandma more than words could ever express.

  34. Mike and Tammy Curnutt
    Fritch, TX

    So sorry for your loss

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