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Esperanza “Ronnie” Pattillo

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Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 4:29 pm

Esperanza "Ronnie" Pattillo of Alpine died Monday, June 27, 2011, with her family by her side at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas. She was 81.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Our Lady of Peace.

Ronnie was born March 22, 1930, in Fort Davis to Julia and Eduardo Hartnett. She became a resident of Alpine when she married Alonzo Sanchez in July 1950. He preceded her in death October 1969. She remarried J.W. "Red" Pattillo in August 1974. He died in March 2006.

Ronnie owned and operated the Casa Blanca Restaurant in Alpine during her marriages to both Al Sanchez and Red Pattillo. She semi-retired from the restaurant business by leasing out the Casa Blanca and ultimately closing it permanently.

Ronnie was a parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church where she was a member of the parish council and volunteer in the church office. Ronnie was preceded in death by her parents, and by one brother, Dan Hartnett.

Survivors include two brothers, Dick Hartnett and wife Minnie of Fort Davis, and Fred Hartnett and wife Vina of Vacaville, Calif.; son Knobby Sanchez and wife Jackie of Midland; daughter Pam Abbott and husband Mickey of San Angelo; stepsons Mike Pattillo and wife Maurine of San Antonio, and Jimmy Pattillo and wife Rosni of Alpine; stepdaughters Mary Lou Chandler and husband Leslie of Poteet, Bonnie Lewis and husband Tom of Carmel, Ind., Ann Banick and husband Bill of Houston, and Laura Parsons and husband Brent of Leander; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated and wonderful doctors and nurses at UT Southwestern Medical Center.