WESLACO - DONNA / WESLACO - Eleanor Taormina L. Ennis passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018. She was known to most as "Buddy". Eleanor was born November 11, 1920, in New Orleans, Louisiana to Mary Amedeo and Eugene A. Taormina. She was the youngest child in a family of three girls. The family moved to Donna, Texas, in 1939. She was a graduate of the 1939 class of Donna High School.
In 1946 she met Herbert R. Ennis and married him in January of 1947. Together they raised two children Andy Loog Ennis Mannering and Randall Patrick Ennis. Eleanor was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Donna for over 60 years. She also served as Eucharistic Minister at Retama Manor.
Eleanor had a love of antiques and enjoyed searching for and decorating with them. She also enjoyed working on family genealogy and researching old family documents. She was a devoted homemaker whose life revolved around her family. She enjoyed spending time with Herbie, her devoted husband of 69 years, her children and daughter-in-law, her grandson, and her nieces and nephews. She will be remembered for being a creative lady. If you were fortunate enough to receive one of her lovely beaded Christmas ornaments you knew you had a treasure created with much love.
She is survived by a daughter Andy Loog Ennis Mannering and a son Randall Patrick Ennis and wife Carolyn all of McAllen, a grandson John Anthony Mannering of Houston, a brother-in-law Paul Ennis and wife Lydell, a friend, and loving caregiver Eva Cavazos, and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ennis is preceded in death by her parents, husbands First Lt. Andrew Loog (June 13, 1943) and Herbert Richard Ennis (October 27, 2016), sisters Josephine Messina and Rosalie Smythe, and nephews Gaeton A. Messina and Charles Anthony (Cam) Messina.
Visitation will be held at McCaleb Funeral Home, 900 W. 4th in Weslaco, from 6:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday, November 13, with a rosary at 7:30 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on November 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Donna, 306 S. Salinas Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
My dearest Andy and family
Words can not express what my saddened heart feels for you.- my deepest condolences for the loss of your precious mom.
She now rests and is enjoying the Almighty- she intercedes for us from heaven and one day we will be together again in Jesus’s splendid presence.
Again my friend, my love and prayers are with you at this time of sadness.
Blessings and love,
Belinda G. Hinojosa
Mc Allen, Texas
I am a very lucky man, being the youngest of five boys I had no Sisters, but yet I did. I had three Sister in Laws who were like Sisters to me. Mary Elisabeth (Beth), Janelle and Buddy. My brothers did a great job in finding such great wives and I loved them dearly! Now I am the last of the 5 Ennis boys. Paul Ennis
Sorry for your loss. All of us have such wonderful memories of growing up in Donna . Your Mom and Dad we’re apart those.
We loved aunt buddy and uncle herbie so much. They were awesome people who would do anything to help you if you needed it. Aunt buddy used to make a pineapple upside down cake for butch every once in an while and I loved her sand tarts. I would sneak as many as I could in Christmas Eve u til I finally asked her and ansynif I could take some extra! Herbies were good as are Andy’s but aunt buddy’s were always the best. Buddy and jo took great care of aunt Mary and Andy and Randall took great care of buddy and herbie. Carolyn too. I see her in heaven beside herbie where she belongs. Love to all.
My most sincere condolences to Andy and Randell and rest of family. RIP
Dearest of the dear. Lovely, kind, and faithful to her Lord. I am so grateful to have known Buddy and to have received her gracious friendship. I have memories of sitting around the table with my mom, Buddy, Jo, T. and sometimes Gaeton at Jo's house and the laughter and the fun were exquisite. Buddy would bring my dad stuffed french bed and he thought she was the best cook in the world. Once I was at a silent retreat at Lebh Shomea on the East Ranch. I heard a car door slam and looked out the window to see Buddy arriving. I went out to see her and we hugged and communicated only with our eyes. Her twinkling eyes said it all. What a beautiful person. My heart is so sad.
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