Erin Renee Witherspoon Sipe Continued...
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.www.bennettfuneralservice.com
Published by Statesville Record & Landmark on Oct. 17, 2021.