Erin Elysse Egan
1990 - 2020
Erin arrived early on February 21, 1990 in Boca Raton, Florida and departed decades too early on December 18, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. It is a rare moment for family members to use Erin’s name and the word early in the same sentence as she was always, always the last one ready to leave. They would wait forever now, however, to see those beautiful blue eyes and her cheesy grin again. An amazing, loving daughter to Terry and Kathy and one-of-a-kind sister and best friend to Shannon, this unimaginable loss is only tempered by memories of the unequivocal love between these sisters, a constant source of joy for their parents.
Erin was a wonderful basketball and softball player as well as overall sports fan, which her parents predicted before her birth as she would routinely become active and kick in her mother’s stomach when the SportsCenter intro music would play, much to her father’s delight. Erin was also a fan of tennis, sitting on the grassy hill at Wimbledon in London in 2012 as well as attending the Western and Southern Open with her sister every summer.
Erin was an avid lover of film, television, reading, theater, comedy, and live music. She thoroughly enjoyed going to the movies with friends as well as attending many concerts and live performances with her sister.
Erin was a graduate of Pickerington North High School, class of 2008, and Wittenberg University, class of 2012, where she made many wonderful friends, especially among her Sigma Kappa sorority sisters. Her graduation cap read “Rule #76: No excuses. Play like a champion.” While being a quote from one of her favorite movies, this is also a mindset that she applied to life and especially to her fight against breast cancer.
Warm, kind, witty, creative, generous, strong, and courageous, Erin will be so missed by Grandma Shirley, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended members of the Egan and Wollenberg families, as well as many friends and proxy parents, Christy and Terry Bays; she so cherished the family trips to visit you in Florida. As a dedicated animal lover, Charlie, London and Hanks will miss Erin and her kitty massages.
Erin’s family is so grateful to the many family members, friends (Bahas family), neighbors, and coworkers for the support, hot meals, flowers, gift baskets and well wishes during Erin’s arduous battle with breast cancer. We immensely appreciate Erin’s stellar and unforgettable medical team; she was so fortunate to have you.
Erin changed the world in small ways everyday; as a thoughtful and supportive daughter, sister and friend, as an example of goodness and benevolence, and as an inspiration of courage and strength. She also changed people’s worlds in big ways through her philanthropy. Erin had an innate ability to understand people and make them feel special. There are two charities we ask you to consider donating to in Erin’s name and honor:
Starlight Children’s Foundation. Erin loved children and was a true selfless soul and giver. Even while fighting her own battle with cancer, it was exceedingly important to Erin to make the holidays special, by generously participating in the USPS Operation Santa and Children’s Hospital holiday drive, which benefited children whose parents were unable to afford presents and hospitalized, ill children and infants, respectively. The Starlight Children’s Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is “delivering happiness to seriously ill kids,” offers the opportunity to make children feel special, supported, and nurtured year round. https://www.starlight.org
METAvivor. A non-profit organization that funds research, support, and awareness to those living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. While nearly all breast cancer charities and organizations focus their funding on the “curable” stages of breast cancer, METAvivor offers hope and support to those living with and still fighting against “incurable” breast cancer with hopes of improving longevity and quality of life for these patients. https://www.metavivor.org
Details regarding Erin’s memorial will be posted at a later date when all who love her can come together safely. Erin’s family look forward to hearing stories and memories that depict, as best friend Renee Blair says, “the pure stardust of her soul.”
In closing, thoughts from Erin, age 11, published in Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans:
My favorite color is blue,
which is the color of the sky
When I hear the sapphire birds sing when they fly by,
I think of water glistening under the glowing, hot sun
I’m so glad the summer has just begun.
Royal blue is the color of your tears
If you ask someone they’ll help you conquer your fears,
Most people would be glad to help you
Not a person I know likes a friend to be blue.
You see such a fantastic sight
When you see the graceful clouds skate by in the night,
The crickets chirping puts you in a peaceful mind
Summer is such a wonderful find.
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