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Faride Ernst

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Faride Ernst

July 11, 1964 – July 17, 2021


Faride Ernst, 57, of Boerne, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021. A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a funeral service following from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July, 24, 2021, at Holt & Holt Funeral Home.

Faride was born on July 11, 1964, in Alpine, Texas, at Big Ben Medical Center to Gloria and Alvaro Peña. Putting Faride’s brilliance into words is difficult, but she was simply an angel walking among us. Faride wholeheartedly devoted her life to her family and always said that her grandchildren were her life. 

Many knew that if they called her in need, she would run to their side no matter what time it was. She was also the life of the party, even if she showed up fashionably late. Faride loved to shop for a good bargain, dance, sing and meditate at the river by her home. She loved family outings, especially at the beach. One of her favorite vacations was when her husband took her and her granddaughter to celebrate her granddaughter’s 13th birthday at their daughter’s house in Alaska. She loved spending time with and taking care of her animals, whom she loved like family.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Russell Ernst; her daughter, Febe Vidal; her daughter, Lacie Rizzo and son-in-law Chris Rizzo; her son, John Steen; her son, Joshua Ernst and daughter-in-law Ashley Ernst; son Jacob Ernst and daughter-in-law Amber Ernst; her granddaughters, Miranda Garcia, Savannah Rizzo and Aurora Ernst; her grandsons, Camron Steen, Josiah Ernst, Jairen Peña-Ernst, Tristan Steen, Rudy Moreno, Oliver Ernst and Brayden Rizzo; her sister, Chela Moreno; her brothers, Ervay, Rodrigo, Rene, Alvaro (Junior) and Jorge; numerous beloved nieces and nephews; and her precious companion, Patch.

Faride will join her parents, Alvaro and Gloria Peña, and her beloved daughter, Janette Vidal, in heaven.

The family would like to express their gratitude toward those that showed Faride love and respect, which meant the world to her.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the staff of Holt & Holt Funeral Home of Boerne. To share words of comfort with the family, please visit