Erin Aubrey Johnson of Austin, Texas November 19, 1985 - June 19, 2011 Erin was a vibrant, creative young woman who was full of dreams and hopes and she will be sorely missed by a multitude of loved ones and friends. Erin was born with Cystic Fibrosis and she struggled to overcome its effects for her entire lifetime. She was very private about it though and didn't share her pain and fears. Although it had a tremendous effect on her physically, emotionally, and spiritually, she valiantly did her best to overcome all the adversities that assailed her. She hated to be fussed over and more than anything wanted just to be 'normal.' Erin was a beautiful and precocious child. She loved to watch Disney movies and pretend. She loved to play with her girlfriends and spend time with her grandparents. She loved camping and boating and snow skiing in her beloved Colorado, where her heart always remained. She loved stuffed animals and collected hundreds of them. She also loved her two real pets, Kitty and Buddy. As she grew older the family moved to Houston. She always missed Colorado but tried to adapt to the new environment and all the challenges that a major change presented to her as a young teenager. She became a gymnast and competed successfully with her team in championship events. She also became an accomplished competitive cheerleader. Although she had little patience for school, Erin was in the top 5% of her class at Tomball High School when she graduated in 2004. She was class historian and also active in art and drama. She was honored as the Tomball HS Cheerleader of the year. Erin went to the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Studio Art. She was a Longhorn Cheerleader during her first year there. She did some modeling for magazines, and had several acting parts in movies and television. She loved animals and worked as a Veterinary Technician. She also loved Ford Mustangs, sushi, and video games. Although her health had already begun to deteriorate, she joined the Army ROTC program and completed boot camp during the Gulf War, to show her patriotism and to support her sister, Kristen, an Army officer who was deployed to Iraq. Erin was the smallest and most fragile solider in her platoon but, as always, overcame her disabilities with pure stubbornness and determination.As she entered her mid-twenties, Erin continued to weaken and she grew more tired of her disease and continual struggles. During the Thanksgiving holiday in 2009, she endured a severe setback and was flown by Life Flight helicopter to UTMB in Galveston, where she was in a coma for six weeks. Miraculously, she survived the ordeal and once again tried hardily to rally. She returned to Austin to continue her schooling while on a grueling regime of treatments and medications to maintain her health status after losing almost 40% of her lung function. Erin was able to meet her one-year-old nephew, Gavin, recently and also got to spend a few days in Colorado visiting her grandparents and other relatives, and her good friend Tara. Of course, she also insisted on snow skiing with her Uncle Dennis and Aunt Leslie. Erin passed away in her sleep on June 19, 2011, at exactly 25 years, 7 months after her birth. She is survived by her mother, Rebecca; father, Michael of Tomball, Texas; sister, Kristen Rice and her husband Eric; and nephews, Gavin and Austin; and niece, Paige Rice of Amarillo, Texas; grandparents, Joan Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Gerald and Freda Moore of Pueblo, Colorado; aunts and uncles, Dennis and Leslie Moore of Buena Vista, Colorado; Dave and Brenna Johnson, Bob Oettinger, of Colorado Springs Colorado, and numerous great aunts and uncles, cousins, second cousins and many, many dear friends. Erin always wanted to return to Colorado and she will be laid to rest there. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Rest peacefully, angel. We will all miss you terribly. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, in the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Erin was a shooting star and the time we had I will cherish…we laughed, we cryed, we fought, and we loved….I have very found memories of her and thought she was the prettiest thing I ever saw! Good night AC love always…

  2. Erin, you will always be remembered for your vitality and your contagious smile. You were an incredible joy to be around and you were an integral and important part of our family. I know that Heaven is a better place with you in it. We miss and love you.

  3. E, I miss you! there where so many great things between us despite the few bad one’s….. I will and allways have had love in soul for you! you are loved and Missed by Me!!! LOVE YOU ALLWAYS!

    P.S.
    theres a lighter in my shoe!

  4. Life like death can consume one with confusion…but you lived it openly and owned it fully. You left your little footprints all over the place, and no matter how trying times were for you at times, your smile could still lead the way for those not nearly as strong as you. If you had to go, as you did, someone like you, that had pushed her way through so much, I’m “glad” it was as peaceful as someone could go. You “deserved” that break….no added pain…you had enough. I have sooo many memories of you…of us. That I could never forget. you made so many ppl happy. My deepest condolences to your family, who did a wonderful job of seeing you through to the end. I hope one day I can see you smile again beautiful. You were an amazing friend.

  5. There will never be words to describe the love I have for you. From the moment we laid eyes on each other we both knew we were inseparable. You were the most amazing woman I have ever met in my entire life. Smart, beautiful, powerful, loving, caring, giving, sharing, you were everything to me. When you got sick the first time I gave up everything for you and loved You as I still do today. I will miss you forever and never thaoughr it would end this way between us, but I’m glad you are not suffering anymore. I gave you everything I had despite our differences and am happy for the good times we had together. I never in a million years thought I would loose you so soon and so tragically. I will look at the night sky and know you are safe now. You don’t suffer anymore and you are loved so much by everyone. But my love for you will never change. I will always cherish what we had. I will miss u forever and ever and ever….I love you Erin Aubry, u still guide me through the dark…

  6. Erin was my gf. I loved her so much and miss her terribly. Go in peace my love.I’m glad you are not suffering anymore. Michael and Becky, I’m sorry for your loss. Erin was the most amazing woman I have ever met and I will think of her everyday for the rest of my life. I love you Erin, go in peace. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with me. I love you forever and ever. Mamma kitty…..

  7. I know its never enough to say I’m sorry for your lose. But, I hope you know that the good lord only called one of his angels home. Now, she is where there is no pain, no sorrow, no suffering. May the good lord keep you and yours close to his heart. Luv you and miss you.

  8. Please accept our sincere condolences to the entire family.
    Our thoughts and remembrance are with you.

  9. Although we didn’t have constant contact with Erin,we kept up on her activities through her grand parents. We have memories of Erin right after she was born, listening to her play in the symphony when they came to the Arts Center in Pueblo, the many visits to Colorado and most recently making popcorn balls with her in January. We loved her very much and know she is at rest with God and no longer suffering.

  10. From the moment she was born Erin was a little fireball – a force of nature! Erin was given to the two best parents in the world for helping her grow & flourish despite her CF. They showed her a boundless world of possibilities & not limitations which allowed her to reach a potential that resulted in a wildly full & beautiful life. This precious girl wound her tiny fingers around my heart the first time I held her & I was hopelessly in love with her… She called me Ewie – we never knew why & it was quite the puzzle for us to figure out – but I treasure it beyond measure. This world is a better place because this bright angel bounced across it! My heart is broken at her loss…
    Love, Ewie

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