Erin Renee Witherspoon Sipe
1976 - 2021
BORN
1976
DIED
2021
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Erin Renee Witherspoon Sipe

September 16, 1976 - October 12, 2021

Erin Renee Witherspoon Sipe, 45, passed peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Surrounded by her cherished family, she peacefully left her earthly home leaping into the arms of her Heavenly Father. Her faith has now become her sight.

Born Sept. 16, 1976, in Statesville, Erin grew up in the Claremont community and attended St. John's Lutheran Church (Conover) throughout her childhood. She married the love of her life, Kevin Neill Sipe and together built a beautiful life with their two daughters, Kara Nan and Anna Renee.

The daughter of Gary and Susan Witherspoon of Claremont, Erin is also survived by Kevin Neill Sipe of Hickory; and daughters, Kara Nan and Anna Renee of the home. Other surviving loved ones include brother, Matthew, his wife, Crystal; and nieces, Kate and Emma; grandmother, Edith Miller (Claremont); and a host of extended family whom she loved dearly.

Erin is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Joe and Mildred Witherspoon (Conover); and maternal grandfather, Roy Miller (Claremont).

Erin's loving influence spans many years and many lives, as she fulfilled her lifelong purpose of educator. She began her teaching journey in her 8th grade year by assisting her dance teacher, Treva Hager, and also teaching Sunday school. Throughout college, she taught private swim lessons for the community at her home, through the Conover YMCA, and for Paul and Cathy Schiffel with the Hickory Stingrays. To formally fulfill her passion for teaching, she attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a NC Teaching Fellow and graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with the honor of being named Student Teacher of the Year.

From 1998 to 2003, Erin taught English at Bunker Hill High School, her alma mater, before raising her family and teaching her children through homeschooling. During this time, she worked part-time for Catawba County Schools at Bunker Hill High and Mill Creek Middle, while also providing homebound instruction and after school tutoring for homeless children.

Her gift of teaching continued as the director of Children's Ministry at St. Stephens L.C.M., where she led children's church, midweek family ministry, and the backpack food ministry outreach to St. Stephens Elementary School. Erin's expertise was also used as a Group Publishing Curriculum Ambassador for North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina training and equipping churches with the children's program and Vacation Bible School curricula.

Many of us know her through her homeschooling influence, especially The Front Porch Place English Enrichment, where she founded and taught English classes to hundreds of area homeschoolers for 15-plus years every Tuesday. In recent years, she hosted field trips, travel opportunities, and monthly socials for area homeschoolers, in addition to co-coordinating the Catawba Valley Homeschool Prom while also serving as club advisor and initiating the Catawba Valley Homeschool Junior Beta and Beta Clubs.

Erin was also an online English instructor for homeschool families and department chair and mentor for Landry Academy and Excelsior Classes. Her many skills were highlighted as a writer for RT Marketing, Inc. and Georgia Professional Builder magazine. In 2018, Erin returned to the classroom at Hickory Christian Academy as a high school English teacher and drama production assistant.

Among her many gifts of teaching, writing, and leading, most importantly she taught us all to love, listen, and live well. She exemplified this impact through her volunteer work and establishment of the "Live Well Love Well" movement. Erin loved to serve others, specifically children and teenagers. She participated in many mission trips to inner city Richmond, Va., Orlando, Fla., and Nicaragua, as well as leading as a camp counselor and kids camp week director at Camp Linn Haven in Linville. She also served as team coordinator for Carolina Select Volleyball Club. She has served as a Stephen Minister as part of the care ministry and served in both youth ministry and hospitality ministry at Discovery Church. She initiated and facilitated several life groups and led women's Bible study groups after her stage IV diagnosis.
Published by Statesville Record & Landmark on Oct. 17, 2021.
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To the Witherspoon and Sipe family The Kennedy family would like to extend our prayers and deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Erin. May God strengthen and lift your spirits during this time of bereavement
Evie Kennedy
October 20, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of our loss. Erin was such an inspiration to all who knew her. She had an indomitable spirit that lifted up anyone she met. It was such an honor to be involved in her care. God bless all of you at this difficult time.
Gary Frenette
October 20, 2021
Carole Huffman, Jerry Huffman
October 18, 2021
Caroline Williams
October 18, 2021
I am thinking of the family. I worked with Laura and wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear this. What a remarkable lady Erin was. RIP.
Brenda Heafner
Friend
October 18, 2021
Erin was an incredible woman of faith. Her life and story inspired us all. Now she is well and alive forevermore! Romans 15:13
Sandy and Cuyler Dunbar
Friend
October 17, 2021
To the Family of Erin Witherspoon Sipe: Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy are with you at this time. Erin was a phenomenal woman, who led a remarkable life! We remember the many loving comments about how supportive and loving she was to the people in her life...from her mother Susan, as well as many other individuals. Erin will truly be missed. Remember our Earthly loss...but Heaven's joyous gain! My family joins me in sending loving regards and warm blessings. God's continual blessings, Ponetta Hull, Mrs. Coleen Derr, & Family
Ponetta M Hull & Family
October 17, 2021
So sorry to hear of your loss! Never had the privilege of knowing Erin, but know this is a great loss for her family.
Carolyn Anderson
October 17, 2021
Erin was a wonderful woman, mother, teacher and friend who lived a remarkable Christian life always putting others first. My thoughts are with her wonderful family who supported and loved her.
Barbara J. Piekarski
Friend
October 17, 2021
I remember Erin from years ago at Catawba Middle School where she was a member of the Student Council. It was evident even then that she was a leader with tremendous initiative. There was no doubt she would succeed at anything she endeavored. Reading about all her accomplishments makes me feel fortunate to have known her.
Faye Jackson
School
October 17, 2021
Thank you Erin for your incredible example. I have never met you and have only learned of you through this incredible obituary. But I feel so inspired as I wade through my own home school journey. And am ever so thankful that you went to help my father-land Nicaragua. I strive to follow your example of love and service. May the Lord embrace you for eternity.
Antonina
October 17, 2021
She was a wonderful person. I am so sorry for your loss.
Annamarie Stuckey
Other
October 16, 2021
I am a member of St. Peter's Lutheran and Erin has been on our prayer list for an incredibly long time. I have prayed for her and for the family and will continue to pray for this exceptional woman's family. Prayers to you, Kevin and the girls. God will place his hands on you and get you through these difficult days. With Blessings and Love, Emily.
Emily Allen
Other
October 16, 2021
Blessings to all of the family!
Barbie Laney
October 15, 2021
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