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Ms. Erin Michelle Carey

Ms. Erin Michelle Carey
  • June 28, 1983 - September 18, 2016
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Families Against Narcotics (F.A.N)
    163 Mason Road
    Battle Creek, MI 49015

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“Addict in recovery 9 years, everyday still a struggle. I want to say a beautiful girl, soul, inspirational obituary with a very tragic loss, know...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: SUSAN SIMPSON - BROOKWOOD, AL

“Feb. 10, 2017 Friday~ Dear Sherida , Family and Friends~ I didn't know Erin, but I read the channel 4 story on twitter today about her. My heart...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Lorna Stephens - Eastpointe, MI

“To Erin's Family,Our hearts break open wide for you and the loss of your dear daughter, Erin. The obituary was so beautifully written, such a brave...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Rod & Theresa Burke - MI

“I am so saddened by Erin's passing. When I think of Erin, I think of one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. She truly was the person...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Cheryl Hamlin - Sarastoa, FL

“ME Erin,iam sadened to here you are on your way to god .he is holding his arms wide open to hug you when you arive .i wish good memories and prayers...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: VICKIE WEAKLEY - marshall, MI

“Sheri & Family,I'm so sorry to hear of Erin's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sadness.With sympathy,Liz ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Liz Amundson - Batle Creek, MI

“I do not know you howevet, I am so very sorry for your loss. I saw the obituary post thru a friend. I read it to see if I knew her. What you wrote...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Lisa Grasso

“Sherri and Craig, my deepest sympathy for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Diane Bailey - Bellevue, MI

“I did not know Ms. Carey. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Daschner - Streator, IL

“I didn't know Erin but what a beautiful obituary and thank you so much for sharing painful memories in hopes of helping others. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Pat Simmons - MI

“Shari and Craig and family - I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless. Julaine Paltelki ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Julaine Paltelki - Battle Creek, MI

“I remember when we got together Sherri after she and Jason were born. They are only a month apart. I'm so sorry this happened. Words cannot...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Tammy Stacey - Martinsburg, WV

“Erin will be remembered fondly from being a part of the Pennfield Schools family. Our hearts are deeply sad to hear this news. We send our hugs to...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Don and Sandy Richards - MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family... I was a classmate of hers.. She was always so kind to others she will definitely be missed by so many ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Melissa Wesner - Battle Creek, MI

“I send my condolences, prayers and hugs! Last November I lost my brother who had the same addiction. I know nothing will make it better but you will...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Ashley Rosa - Battle Creek, MI

“I am so sorry for your family's loss. It is never easy to lose a loved one, especially one so young. I pray your family finds peace and comfort in...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: barbara halder - battle creek, MI

“Mr. and Mrs. Carey,Upon hearing the news of Erin's passing I was deeply saddened. Although we had lost contact over the years I still reflect back on...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Allison Barnes - Battle Creek, MI

“First off, I am so sorry for your loss! Erin was a high school friend of my son! I always loved her sweet smile and her bouncy personality. Praying...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Eileen Hoffman - Battle Creek, MI

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Erin Michelle Carey, 33, of Battle Creek, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at home.

Erin was born June 28, 1983, the daughter of Craig S. and Sherida A. (Hover) Carey. She was a 2001 graduate of Pennfield High School where she enjoyed volleyball and theatre. She also attended the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center. After high school, she attended Kellogg Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College before moving to Portland, Oregon. While there, she worked tirelessly in the mortgage business while pursuing her love of nature, hiking, and camping in the mountains and national parks. She returned to Battle Creek in 2005, after her second niece was born. She was extremely devoted to her two nieces, Ashley and Natalie, who were the light of her life. Erin also had a great sense of compassion for friends and family. She was an essential caretaker for her grandmother on a daily basis.

Erin's personal passions and talents were centered on the fine arts. She enjoyed working in, and admiring various artistic forms including wall art, painting, sculpture, poetry, creative writing, music and literature. One of her favorite mediums to work with was paper mosaic. Visiting the Salvador Dali Museum was a highlight in her life. Erin was drawn to artistic culture and enjoyed poetry slams as well.

Erin is remembered fondly in a number of ways. She had golden red hair, a kind heart and a love for children and animals. A diehard cinephile, she appreciated and shared all aspects of movie & TV filming. Animated films, in particular, she enjoyed because they made her laugh and lifted her spirits. Crème Brûlée and Alfredo were her favorite foods, and she loved her marshmallows, just because...

Erin struggled with some darker things in her life as well, and one of those things was addiction. It was a fight that she lost in the end. One of the most important things in her life was being a good example for her nieces. She's no longer with us to live as an example of success, but in her passing, she can not only be an example to her nieces, but also to numerous other children and young adults that were always in the forefront of her mind. She spoke frequently of the sadness she felt for people who were as inexperienced as she was, stepping into the struggle that she has fought so hard against, simply out of curiosity and naïveté. If Erin could have walked away, she would have. If she could have gone back in time and stopped herself, or the people close to her, that she lost for the same reason, she would have. Now that Erin is no longer with us, if her passing can be the example that keeps someone from even trying heroin, she would volunteer her story in a heartbeat. Even though her story came to a close, sadly, and much too soon, if a life can be saved because hers was lost, her goal of setting a good example will carry on.

Erin had many friends and family members who loved her, and who continue to cherish the time and memories they shared with her. She is survived and missed by her parents, Sherida and Craig Carey; brother, Brian Carey; sister, Katlyn Carey; nieces, Ashley & Natalie Carey; grandmother, Maxine (McConnohie) (Hover) Sowers; aunts and uncles, Sandra Hover, Mary (Carey) & Russ Guarniere, John Carey, and James Carey.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Barbara (Wolfe) Carey, and grandfathers, Sherwood Carey and John Hover.

A Life Remembrance is being planned Sunday, October 9th from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Eagles Lodge, 19757 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Please bring memories and stories to share with friends and family, or a box will be available in which to drop "Letters to Erin". To all who have given their love and support during this difficult time, we sincerely thank you. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to "Families Against Narcotics"(FAN), 163 Mason Rd., Battle Creek, MI, 49015, or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Erin can also be placed at