Ernestine Thomas passed on July 18, 2022 at Sun Ray Nursing Facility in Los Angeles.
At the age of 15, Ernestine Thomas left Texarkana, Arkansas and established roots in Santa Monica.
She rented a room at 4th and Bay Street in the Belmar community and, years later moved to the Pico Neighborhood where she remained a Santa Monica resident for 80 years.
Her first job was at Douglas Aircraft until she enrolled in cosmetology school. Upon graduating, she began a 60-year career as a hairstylist in Santa Monica.
She was a long-time, faithful member of First A.M.E. Church Santa Monica.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at First A.M.E. Church, 1823 Michigan on Tuesday, September 6th at 11 a.m. Viewing will be from 10 – 11 a.m.