Autumn Erickson, age 49, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Memorial services are 11:00 AM, on August 11, 2018 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Pastor Rick Slattery officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home.
I was first introduced to Autumn in August of 1968 when our parents brought her home from the hospital. My first utterance upon seeing her was, "when are you taking her back?" For almost 50 years that same thought popped into my head about a million times. While we had our differences until the end, I am glad they kept her around. As a teenager she was involved in a severe car accident that changed the trajectory of her life forever. Autumn lived her life unapologetically on her terms. Throughout the ups and downs she was always a big-hearted person who touched many lives with her kindness. She didn't always take the proper path; however, it was her path for better for worse. The highest compliment I can bestow upon a free-spirited soul like Autumn's is that the world will be a less interesting place without her in it.
Autumn was a graduate of Salina High School and an honorary member of the Yankton High School class of 1986. She attended Marymount College and worked a variety of jobs throughout her life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Yankton.
Autumn is survived by her daughter, Maja Erickson of Kansas City, KS; mother, Marilyn Cragun of Yankton, SD; brother, Jay (Nancy) Erickson of Edina, MN; nephew, Jay Erickson and niece, Katie Erickson both of Edina, MN; cat, Sally of Yankton, SD; and a host of friends and other relatives.
Autumn is preceded in death by her father, Donald Erickson, grandparents Gus and Alice Erickson, and grandparents Luvern and Eileen Swensen. Hopefully, Autumn and dad have already found a fun place for an excellent cheeseburger.
A special thank you to Jackie Benjamin who is proof that there are angels that walk amongst us.
In lieu of flowers or cards, consider donating to the American Cancer Society or give a cat a nice scratch behind the ears in Autumn's memory.
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Condolences to family and friends of Autumn. Her death came as a complete shock to me . Autumn has a daughter, Maja, who lives in Kansas City. Her only brother, Jay, lives in Minnesota .
Autumn was my niece, my sister Marilyn's daughter.She was a wonderfully creative person who played the cello in early life. She had very funny little quirky ways that would make you laugh. Adverse childhood events and a car accident that left her with head trauma changed the trajectory of her life around 18. She had to relearn everything and was basically at that developmental level the rest of her life. I remember babysitting Autumn at her log cabin house on Burleigh Street. We can all learn to be more loving and tolerant of those with problems from her life especially challenges she faced when the brain is not working right. Judge not that ye be not judged. I will miss you Autumn. You are and were loved.
I'm so sad. My son, Jonathan will be 50 8/3. She was to young to leave us. Gary, I lost my baby in October. You remember holding her at Vangen Church when she was an infant. A beautiful precious Angel. Will see ya in mid September. Your a forever friend since we were about four!!!
I have so many childhood memories of Autumn. Rest In Peace my cousin. I will never forget you.
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).
I have many happy memories of Autumn and her mother at the Kochi swimming pool. She was such a beautiful little girl and so full of life. As a special education teacher, I am aware of the difficulties she went through to relearn her life. God Bless You. Robin Swensen, I don't know you, but you are in my thoughts and prayers. Jay was in my daughter Susan's high school class I believe.
Rest in peace Autumn. May God bless your soul and I will be praying for you and your family and friends that miss you so much. God just received a true Angel in heaven.
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