Mom insisted on writing her own obituary. She always said things as she saw them and we are so glad to have been part of the world she leaves with her following words.
“Eighty-four years is a long time to spend living a GREAT life. I was born in Camas, Washington, June 6, 1928 to James and June Brock Hollingshead. As a child, no possible dream could have predicted the turns of those 84 years.
As a logger’s daughter, and my husband of 56 years, James Erickson, (who was raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm), neither could ever have envisioned our good and adventurous life. That we would travel the world and experience the wondrous things we did. From the North Pole to Antarctica and around the world several times. This was made possible as the result of many years of hard work and determination.
We built our own home in 1948 which has been my home until the end. Our amazingly wonderful children, who each raised delightful and fine families. Holly Marilyn Biskey (Brian), Scott Erickson (Theresa McNulty), and Joanne Swinehart (Rod). Our seven grandchildren Andrew (Bonnie Davis) Biskey, Aron (Jennifer Lloyd) Biskey, Emily Biskey, Samantha Erickson, Shelly Erickson Denaro (Danny), Benjamin (Lindsey Miller) Swinehart, Andrea Swinehart and our nine great grandchildren; Brooklyn, Rachel, Preston, Libby, Jamie, Natalie, Eden Biskey, Ivy and Henry Swinehart.
It has been a magnificent adventure, knowing so many special people, learning of other cultures, seeing this spectacular world and having the best of families, neighbors and friends through the years.
I have requested no services, leaving the family their choice of goodbye. My sincere, “Thank You” to all who touched my life or that I may have touched in any way. I also appreciate doctors and nurses who treated my aches and pains and my ailing heart for so many years. Signed Holly Erickson”
In place of a service we will hold a celebration of life gathering at her home from 2 to 5 p.m. on June 6, which would have been her 85th birthday.
In lieu of flowers please donate the charity of your choice.
Erickson was the 1993 Keizer First Citizen. She was active in the Keizer Art Association and the Keizer Heritage Foundation, of which she was a lifetime honorary member. A room in the old Keizer School is named for her. Erickson was a local leader for Camp Fire Girls and Boys, helped raise money and managed the Northview Terrace Swim Club and had a long involvement with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She participated in Arbor Day tree plantings and helped with holiday food and toy drives.