Leatrice Erickson

Dec. 19, 1938 – April 15, 2008

Leatrice Louise Erickson, 69, of Sweet Home died of cancer on April 15, 2008 while surrounded by her family.

She was born Dec. 19, 1938 in Garrison, N.D., and raised by Francis and Louise (Ehmann) Swanson.

Mrs. Erickson enjoyed embroidery, working in her flower gardens, reading, cooking and baking for her family. She especially loved holidays with her loved ones. She cherished her dogs Sandy, Sissy, Hannah, and Abby.

She spent 24 years employed at Smurfit Newsprint in Sweet Home. After retirement, she spent her time caring for her grand-children.

She was known to her family and friends as a strong, dependable, loving person who gave it her all to the last day.

Mrs. Erickson is survived by her husband of 53 years, Delaine Erickson Sr.; daughters Lorna Chillas and husband Jeff of Redding, Calif., Linda Erickson of Redding; Tammy Grizzle and husband Leon of Sweet Home, and Julie Philpot and husband Rick of Lebanon; son DeLaine Erickson Jr. and wife Brandi of Sweet Home; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers Vernon Gohl and his wife Carol of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Mark Swanson and wife Lori of Salt Lake City, Utah; step-brothers Larry Swanson and wife Ann of Napa, Idaho, Bruce Swanson and wife Susan of Plains, Mont., and Leland Swanson and wife Norene of Boulder, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by Francis and Louise Swanson, Fred Gohl, brother Harold Ehmann, and step-brother Elliott Swanson.

A graveside service was held April 18 at Gilliland Cemetery. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.