ALICE — Ernestine Viola Glossbrenner died on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital in Corpus Christi. Born on Nov. 1, 1932, in the East Texas oil field, she taught mathematics in Alice, Texas, for 22 years. She served eight terms in the Texas House of Representatives, serving South Texas, from 1977 until her retirement in 1993.
In her freshman session, she successfully co-sponsored a bill guaranteeing anonymity in elections by scrapping a longtime requirement that people sign their ballots. As a distinguished state representative, she earned a reputation as a champion of quality and equitable public education for all children, and was a pillar of public education policy. During the 68th Legislative session in 1984, she worked to reduce school dropout rates and increase public education funding. She was also particularly proud of her successful sponsorship banning the use of the short hoe by agricultural workers. She served first as Chair of the Elections Committee, and then the Public Education Committee.