Erin Renee Witherspoon Sipe
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Erin wrote the first building campaign literature, Come and See, also co-authored, The Journey, a women's Bible study at Discovery, and wrote a book for the 75th Anniversary of Camp Linn Haven-Linville. Among others, Erin volunteered at Cooperative Christian Ministry in both the food pantry and the thrift store warehouse and volunteered at the Hickory Soup Kitchen.

Gracing the stage again, Erin served on the Ann Freeman Dance Academy Scholarship Committee and danced in the ballroom scene of the Nutcracker with her husband each December for numerous years.

There could never be a more passionate person than Erin. Some of her most heartfelt passions include watching her girls do what they love and supporting them in all their endeavors, teaching students to communicate well through writing and speech, tending her flowers, traveling, visiting and sharing meals with dear friends and family, cooking and hosting dinner parties for any and all occasions, reading a good book, championing homeschooling, being in her classroom at Hickory Christian Academy, and swinging on the front porch with her beagles, Ginger and C.J., at her feet. Along with all of these fond moments, Erin loved to write. We will always feel her impact through her many letters of recommendations for her students and letters of encouragement. For while, her cancer journey was one of hardships; she also recognized the blessings. She loved to receive handwritten letters and especially loved to write her own for loved ones.

Erin's greatest desire is for those who loved her to love others well in their daily interactions with others — whether that be through a smile, a kind gesture, volunteering, or financially supporting someone in need. Love well.

The family wishes to sincerely thank Dr. Antoinette Tan, Dr. Carolina Fasola, Dr. Gary Frenette, and Dr. Terry Sarantou and all the nurses, especially Nurse Erin, and medical support staff of Levine Cancer Institute for their compassionate, expert care of Erin for her entire cancer journey. Heartfelt gratitude also for Dr. Ryan Richardson of Hickory for his friendship, love, and exceptional care during her life; he will forever be "Erin's doctor" as he epitomizes what the ideal healthcare advocate should be. A tremendous thank you to Dr. John DelCharco and Dr. Todd Jacobs for their excellent care, consultation, and advice from their expertise in radiation oncology and radiology, respectively. The time and love poured into Erin by her health care team are extraordinary gifts, and her family is so very grateful for them. Also to Renae Everman and the entire workout family of Fuel-Hickory, Wendy Hall and Shay Cline of Essential Circles of Life-Hickory, and Katheryn Harlan- Through Healing Eyes- Hickory for your life-giving care of Erin in so many ways. More thanks are extended to the Duke Cancer Center team: Dr. John Kirkpatrick and Dr. Carey Anders. And finally to Carolina Caring of Catawba Valley for blessings of comfort for her during her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations may be made to Discovery Church Youth Ministry or Building Fund or to www.metavivor.org, the only 100% non-profit devoted solely to breast cancer research for metastatic breast cancer.

A service to celebrate Erin's life will be held Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m., at Discovery Church, 2201 Startown Rd., Newton, NC. The Rev. Smith Sharpe will officiate. A private family burial will follow at St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:45 p.m., at Discovery Church, prior to the service. Those serving as pallbearers are Jimmy Witherspoon, Matthew Witherspoon, Nicholas Sipe, Braden Runyon, Ryan Richardson, and Todd Jacobs.

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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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