Our beloved Ernestina Diaz Guajardo, age 86, entered into rest Monday, June 23, 2008 at the Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She was born to Guadalupe and Dolores Diaz on June 7, 1922 in Del Rio.

Ernestina was an educator for the SFDRCISD for 39 years and a licensed funeral director for over 50 years. She was the co-founder and president of Guajardo Family Investments, Inc., which owns Don’s Funeral Chapels.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 54 years, Donato B. Guajardo, Sr. and sisters: Adela D. Guerra, Alicia Diaz, Elfida Diaz, Dolores D. Perry, and Amelia D. Castaño;

Ernestina is survived by her children: Donato B. Guajardo, Jr. of Del Rio, Diana Martinez and husband Tomas Martinez of Rio Rico, AZ, and Ronald J. Guajardo and wife Hilda Guajardo of Lubbock, Tx; sister, Elia Robles of Del Rio; grandchildren: Tami Espinoza, Donna Wene, Brenda Martinez, Crissy Martinez, Farah Martinez, Lorena Martinez, Stephanie Ortega, Donato Guajardo III, Briana Ballenger, T.J. Martinez, Joe Ron Martinez, R.J. Guajardo, and Stephen Guajardo; She is also survived by her 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ruben Gutierrez, Tony Faz, Ralph Guerra, Joey Ramos, Rick Robles, and Johnny Guajardo.

El Editor Publisher and staff and Abel Cruz wishes to express our most sincere condolences to Ron and Hilda Guajardo and the rest of the extended Guajardo family.