Ernestine “Pill” Hackler

Ernestine "Pill" Hackler
Ernestine “Pill” Hackler

Ernestine “Pill” Hackler, 93, of Amarillo, TX died Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Childress Cemetery in Childress, TX with Curt Camp officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ernestine was born May 31, 1926, in Childress, TX to Luke and Cordia Andrews, the youngest of eight children.  Ernestine married Estel Hackler on May 30, 1944, at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX.  They moved to Amarillo in 1949.  She retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone after 40 years of service.  She and Hack traveled the world in their retirement years and especially enjoyed annual trips to Hawaii to celebrate their wedding anniversary.  With grace and dignity, Ernestine lived the years after Hack’s death comfortably in her own home and in her last days in Comfort Cottage Assisted Living.  She will be remembered for her humor, care, concern and loved for family.  Ernestine was a faithful member of Southwest Church of Christ.

The family wants to thank Ernestine’s caretakers in her last days… especially Angie and Jakki.

Her survivors include a daughter, Kathy Jones and husband Kerry, of Amarillo; a son, Jon Mark Hackler and wife Kathy, of Amarillo; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.  Also, many attentive and loving nephews, nieces and friends.

The family will receive friends from 3-4:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at the funeral home.

8 Replies to “Ernestine “Pill” Hackler”

  1. Always had fond memories of visiting Pill and Estel growing up in Amarillo. They were such fun people to be around. I am sorry for her passing but rejoice in her reuniting with Estel and all her brothers and sisters.

  2. My now husband and I made friends with Hack and Pill when we were in high school and at the same church. We didn’t mind the many decades between our ages–they were some of our favorite friends to spend time with! We’d go to their house to visit, spending time listening to their stories and laughing together. We knew we wanted a marriage where we were as in love as Hack and Pill. I’m so happy for them to be together again, but she’ll be so missed. Love to your family. Pill was truly special to us and I will always treasure our friendship.

  3. Pill Hackler has been in my life since my high school days in the 60’s. She was the perfect counter balance to her husband Hack. She was the right brain to some of Hack’s left brained antics. The operative statement here is that “opposites attract.” Pill loved her husband, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I don’t know about the in laws. It’s a great feeling to know Pill is reunited with Hack, and most importantly Jesus. Glad I had the blessing of knowing the Hackler family. Kathy & Jon Mark, prayers for you both as you grieve!

  4. Jon and Kathy, I was so blest to know your Mom from childhood on. Her friendship remained constant over the years. God has blest her with many talents and a wonderful family. May precious memories replace your sadness with joy. I will never forget her for she was truly a unique lady.

  5. Kathy and Jon, my deepest sympathy to you for the loss if your Mom. She was such a fun lady. We were blessed with wonderful parents. They are together again in heaven and that comforts me. You were fortunate to have Pill for such a long time.

  6. Aunt Pill was the last of the “greatest generation” of the Andrews clan. In her later years she worked diligently at keeping her nieces and nephews connected and her birthday calls were always a treat. She was the baby sister and I suspect she got her nickname because everyone thought she was spoiled. That is usually the case with we babies in the family. Mom used to say, “you are just like your Aunt Pill!” and she didn’t mean it as a compliment but I took it as one. Aunt Pill was someone to look up to. She was of the first generation of women who worked outside the home. She self taught herself to paint and painted lovely landscapes by looking at Texas Highways. She loved her husband and was a devoted wife and mother to her children. She traveled the world and made many friends along the way. She was a faithful Christian who held firm to her beliefs. I already miss you, Aunt Pill. My condolences to my cousins Kathy and Jon Mark. I know you miss her already, too. Love, Marihelen

  7. I still call her ‘Mrs. Hackler.’ I loved her delightful sense of humor. I told her every chance I got how her loving marriage to Hack was a model for me, a young high school girl visiting in her home. Hers was truly a life well-lived with precious children, grandchildren and great-grands to carry on. Condolences to her family.

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