Alma Barber Ernst

Alma Barber Ernst Alma Barber Ernst passed away Feb. 24, 2013, at the age of 87. She was a longtime resident of Ridgecrest.

A Mass will take place at St. Ann’s on Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m.

Alma Mae Biddleman was born on June 17, 1925, the second daughter to parents John and Kathryn Biddleman of Sayre, Penn.

She was twice widowed. Her first husband was Joseph Anson Barber, and many years later she married Charles Ernst.

Alma and her three children relocated to Ridgecrest in 1963, and she made lifelong friends here.

Shortly after moving here, Alma began working for Dr. Max Dubin as his receptionist. She later took a position at China Lake, then known as the Naval Ordnance Test Station and later tje Naval Weapons Center. She retired after nearly 20 years of federal sService.

After her retirement she took a position at Cerro Coso Community College and also volunteered as a Pink Lady at Ridgecrest Hospital from August 1987 until June 2008.

She enjoyed gardening and watching things grow and bloom. And how she loved to sing! She was a longtime member of the Sweet Adelines and then sang with the choir at St. Ann’s.

She is survived by her older sister, Delcie and husband Alfred Ferris of Atascadero; her cousin, Joan (Ferris) and husband Donald Green; her children, Joseph Barber, Ph.D. and wife Mary Pepping Ph.D. of Seattle Wash.; Jonathan Barber and wife Synnøve of Copenhagen, Denmark; and Pamela (Barber) and husband Robert Kerr of El Cajon; grandchildren Branden Barber amd wife Sarah McLeod), Kiryn Kerr and Ryan Kerr; and great-grandchildren, Ruby Barber and Xander Barber. She also leaves behind a special companion, her little Papillion, “Aidan.”

Submitted by the family of Alma Barber Ernst

Story First Published: 2013-03-20