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Erickson, Elizabeth  
RIDGWAY - On Feb. 13, 2015, our dearest wife, mother and sister, Elizabeth Jane Erickson, left this Earth after a gutsy battle with lung disease. An earthly angel, generous to everyone, she now soars with those who have gone before. Betsy was born to Walter "Baldy" and Agnes Foster Bouse on Nov. 25, 1949; their fourth child. On Aug. 18, 1972, she married John Erickson of Johnsonburg and they resided in Ridgway all their married life. They have two sons, Craig (Denise) of Smethport and Matthew of Waterford; and four grandchildren, Jorden, Karli, Josh and Christian. She was a proud, loving mother and grandmother. She was employed by Dickinson Mental Health. Her strength through her last months is a great example of courage for all. She kept her sense of humor and assured her loved ones that they could endure. A devout Catholic, she was kind and caring, always thinking of others; a wonderful confidant to anyone in need of a sympathetic ear. An excellent seamstress and gardener, Betsy was happiest in the warm months when she would get dirt under her fingernails, planting and watching her flowers, fruits and vegetables grow. Cooking, baking, and preserving her harvest was rewarding to her and those who received the fruits of her labor. She loved to kayak the Clarion River, camp and picnic with her family, and vacation with her sisters. Betsy was an avid animal lover, taking in strays and helping others with their pets when the need arose. She volunteered for the community and her church. Her six siblings, Helen "Susie" Smith, Joan (Tim) Davison, and Tom "Rat" Bouse (Beverly Keneske) of Johnsonburg, Diane Meredith (David) of Virginia, and Karen (Dave Stampfi) and Mary Ann Bouse of California, unanimously agree that Betsy was the best of them all. Surviving (listed above) are her husband, sons, grandchildren, mother, brother and sisters. Along with nephews and nieces, David, Michael, Donald, Mark, and Daniel Zilkofski, James, Gary, Scott Lecker, and Christopher Bouse; William Bouse; Rebecca and Erik Struble; Jesse; Hyla, Shealee and Angeline Meredith, along with many aunts and uncles, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; Aunt Mary Eckert; and many cousins. In addition, because of who she was, Betsy leaves many long-time friends, along with her dog, "Jack" and her cat, "Dolly." She was preceded in death by her father in 1966, grandparents and a special "Aunt" Helen Keister, Bouse and Foster uncles and aunts and cousins. Her many previous pets will be among those welcoming her to the heavens. Hopefully, she will get to be that "master gardener" that she wanted to be. No words can express how lucky we were to have her and how we will miss her. A Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth J. Erickson will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Officiating will be the Rev. Brian Vossler, pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Oakmont Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home, Ridgway, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. A wake service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Community Nurses Inc. Hospice Program; Dickinson Center Inc. (Roberta's Better Day Fund); St. Leo Catholic Church; Elk County Humane Society; or the YMCA.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23, 2015
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