February 3, 1929 – May 25, 2020
Ernestine Wright was born to James D. Wade and Elizabeth Wash on Feb. 3, 1929 in Lexington, Mississippi. Both Ernestine’s parents preceded her in death. Ernestine’s mother passed when she was just 7 years old and her father passed in 1958. Ernestine moved to New York at the age of 15 and lived there many years. After living in New York, Ernestine moved to Chicago and thereafter to Los Angeles, CA. in 1969. Once in Los Angeles, CA. Ernestine began a rewarding nursing career where she would flourish and later retire after years of hard work and dedication. Ernestine was often known to her little sister Katherine Fisher (Kat) as her “protector” growing up. Although just 11 months apart, Ernestine would often “handle” those that messed with her younger sister. In Ernestine’s younger years she loved singing and playing the guitar. Ernestine was a devout Christian and mother. Ernestine instilled her love for Christ in her children as well as her love of music. Ernestine loved reading her Bible, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.
The Lord whispered softly to Ernestine “Good job my Faithful servant. Your job on earth is done here. Now it’s time to come home and be with the Lord.”
Ernestine was blessed with five children: Leonard Wade, Shirley Wright (preceded in death), Roy Wright and Alvin Wright. Grandchildren: Terri Wade, Quincy Wright, Lauren Wright, Briani Wright, and Jermaine Wright.
Ernestine brothers and sisters that preceded her in death were: Brothers: James Lee Wade, Albert Wade, MacArthur Wade, Dudley Wade (Little Man), James D. Wade (Big Man) Sisters: Georgia Fleming and Ruth Piphues
Living Siblings: Katherine Fisher (Kat),Forest Park IL;Claudie Thompson ,Fort Mitchell AL;Mattie Wade Evanston IL.;Juanita Wade and Ella Mae Wade ,Grand Rapids MI;Jerry Horton ,ST Louis MO.;Frank (Busara)Wade,Chicago IL
Stepsister,Minnie Murray and stepbrother Robert Lee ,Orlando Fl.
Ernestine Wright also leaves to cherish several cousins, nephews, friends and nieces: Diane Brown and Elaine Smith.
- Leonard Wade, Son
- Shirley Wright, Daughter (deceased)
- Roy Wright, Son
- Alvin Wright, Son
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
June 17, 2020
I’m sharing this picture of my big sis, Ernestine and me. It was taken during one of the many loving times we had together. I Love you Ernestine,
Your little sis,
June 16, 2020
Ernestine and I became friends, decades ago, through Barbara and Greg and our friendship blossomed and never died. Throughout the years we kept in touch often, and would visit when we could. We laughed often and had a lot in common around our love for life, religion, and career. We wanted the same things for our children and often spoke about our love for all of our children. As time grew on, it became difficult to talk with her on the phone, but I always sent my best and heard updates from the family.
Today, Ernestine, I’m giving you my final good-bye to let you know that I will always remember you as a dear friend. May you rest in peace.
Your friend always,
June 16, 2020
Aunt Ernestine will always be important to me. We tend to remember those who touch our lives in some way. Those who have help us or said kind words that guided us to a better future. Well … Aunt Ernestine was that person for me. When Barbara first came to Los Angeles, Aunt Ernestine opened her door to Barbara, and that is where I first met her. I noticed her kindness, wisdom, nonchalant manner that put me at ease. Fast forward … thirty-nine years later, she has continued to be special, even developing a close relationship with my mother, Willa Jeffries, and no matter where we lived, we never got too far to call or visit.
Barbara has often talked about as a small girl, how she would be so proud and happy to see her, to listen to her about her adventures to some faraway place like New York City. Auntie’s life inspired Barbara to stretch and continue striving to become better.
Rest well Auntie, you have touched lives who will go on to touch lives. Job well done! May God bless your soul.
June 16, 2020
Remembering Aunt Ernestine:
Aunt Ernestine was special and dear to me. She inspired me to try hard and to work through challenges as they erupted in my life. When I first relocated to California, 39 years ago, I stayed with Aunt Ernestine. It was through her kindness and hospitality that I was able to establish California as my home. Aunt Ernestine was instrumental in my being able to build a relationship with my husband of 34 years, Greg. She was a mentor, confidant and always kept the title of “the cool aunt”.
I remember her as being, cheerful and loving yet gutsy and liberated. She laughed a lot. She filled my heart with joy as she shared stories about me as a little girl or my mother, Katherine and her when they were growing up. She loved her family and told stories about them often. When I last visited Aunt Ernestine, in November 2018, she was just as feisty and independent as she was when I first met her (when I was a little girl). I remember vividly when we last said good-bye after visiting her, how tightly she held me. It was hard to say good bye to her then and it is hard to say good bye to her now. She was loved, appreciated, respected and admired. She will surely be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Farewell, Aunt Ernestine, your work is done.
June 16, 2020
Growing up,I remember how close my mother, Katherine (Little Sis ) and Aunt Ernestine ( Big Sis ) were. They were born less than 1year apart and grew up together .They even looked a lot alike except Aunt Ernestine (Big Sis ) was tall and Kathrine , my mother (Little Sis ) is the short one .
Even though they both were beautiful women who looked a lot alike, they had very different personalities from my young girl 's perspective.
Katherine was steady ,grounded, nurturing ,never took risk and married for many years to the same man, my father until he passed .
I saw Ernestine on the other hand ,as glamorous,mysterious and a free spirit. I admired and wanted to have these qualities from both women who were my role models growing up. I hope I have been somewhat successful .
By the way, I am the tallest of my sisters , so I like to think that I definitely did get something from Aunt Ernestine (smile)
With Love ,your niece Elaine
June 14, 2020
Remembering my big sis Ernestine who always took care of me her little sis, Katherine ,we shared a lot like riding a horse and looking for the cows and drinking water from the muddied pond. When I would visit my big sis she would always take me to mass where we received the Eucharist. The last time we talked she wanted me to get a place for her and me so now, she got the place.
"Do not be worried and upset Jesus told them believe in God and believe also in me. There are many rooms in my father's house and I am going to prepare a place for you." My big Sis is saving a place for me .