Mar 14, 2013 - StaffElizabeth Joy Erickson, 36, of Riverton died Monday, March 11, 2013. Funeral services with military honors are at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.
The Rev. Echo Klaproth will officiate. Cremation will follow the service.
Elizabeth Joy Butler was born Jan. 12, 1977 in Billings, Mont., to Richard Lee Trannum and Joy Butler. She moved to Riverton in 1990. She graduated with the class of 1995 from Riverton High School.
She attended Central Wyoming College, majoring in criminal justice. She was enrolled in Grand Canyon University taking online courses to earn her bachelor's degree in education/special education.
She married her husband, Eric Erickson, on Aug. 4, 2004 in Las Vegas.
She was in the Wyoming Army National Guard, doing her basic training in Missouri and receiving an honorable discharge after two years of service.
She worked for the Wyoming Army National Guard in Cheyenne from June 1996 to June 2000 as a public affairs specialist, making her the primary communication link between the military and public. She dealt with all types of media informing them about the activities of the military and its officials.
In February 2006 she went to work for Fremont School District 1 in both Jeffrey City and Lander as a behavior interventionist. She also helped operate the Split Rock Café in Jeffrey City during this time. In August 2010 she started working for School District 25 in Riverton as a paraprofessional in the eighth-grade resource room, helping students with supplementary instruction keep up with their regular education.
"In her own words, she liked to be goofy with her three kids (those at home) and grandkids. She loved to text, she knew the words to just about every country song, she learned something every day from the kids she worked with," a family statement said.
Family members said she enjoyed camping trips to Green Mountain, social media, keeping touch with friends, and above all she loved spending time with family and the grandchildren that she was so proud of.
She is survived by her husband, Eric, her sons, Torin Perrett of Riverton, Jeremy Erickson and his wife Krystal, stationed in Charleston, N.C., with the Navy, and Edwin O. Erickson of Riverton; her daughters, Sandy Erickson-Stanley and her husband Alex of Pavillion, and Minnie Erickson of Riverton; her grandchildren, Paige Erickson, Tymberly "Annie" Stanley and Xayvyr "Tater" Stanley; her brothers, Robert Butler of Riverton, James Santistevans and Michael Oliver Santistevans; her sisters, Jackie Lynn Santistevans and Randi Sue Santistevans; her brothers-in-law, Philip and wife Christina of California, and Sam Burmer and wife Stacy of California; her sisters-in-law, Julie and her husband Blaine Faulkner of Tabernash, Colo., and Bekke Burmer of California; her parents, Joy and Dale Holen; her father-in-law, Edwin Erickson; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Lee Trannum, her grandparents, and her mother-in-law, Minnie Erickson.
Memorials may be made to the military science program at Riverton High School in care of Davis Funeral Home.
Following the service, a reception will be held at the family home located at 41 Sage in Riverton.
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