Saturday, November 10, 2018

Love the ones you have while you have them

Erin Ione Mathews (Dunlap)
Erin Mathews is a lovely lady that is showed her last act of love by donating her life saving organs for others.  Many cannot be described as lovely, yet this beautiful woman fits that description perfectly., Her new husband Ryan says she is “Nice, very, very nice.”  Her kindness is just the beginning of her exceptional presence.   One of her friends describes her as a super nice British lady with an amazing sense of humor and art for playfulness.  Her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice.
She is truly lovely.

Not only is she Very, Very nice.  She has an amazing heart for Jesus.  This heart for the Lord is truly her most enduring quality.  She loves everyone with such a pure heart and makes all whom enter her presence feel welcome and loved.  She definitely spreads His love in all she does.   She truly walks in the Spirit.

When she is not walking or running you may find her dancing.  She loves to dance!!  She even has a special finger dance to “sleigh riding”.  She met her best dance partner, Ryan Mathews in April 2017.  They share an amazing love.  Their marriage is based on Jesus and their love is fascinating to watch.  They were just married September 8, 2018.  Today is their two-month anniversary.  The two are truly one, soul mates.  Both Erin and Ryan’s families have never seen either of them light up and smile as big as did once they met each other.  Both families noticed how happy they both became when they found each other.  This type of love is something many of us never experience.  We are all so thankful that they each have had that. 

Erin has passion for so many things, running, tennis, music, reading, teaching, playing the flute, hanging out with friends and family, playing cards and putting together jigsaw puzzles.  (Currently Erin and Ryan have their kitchen table covered with a 3000 piece Harry Potter puzzle.) Ryan shares so many of Erin’s passions.  Their, her main passion is spreading the love of Jesus Christ.  She is a member of Cornerstone church where she disciples young believers and works the music board and helps out in the nursery.   Erin’s friends and family are all such wonderful people.  It is truly a reflection of the amazingness of Erin.  She also had a huge passion for her work as Cardiology Physicians Assistant at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital.  She truly loved her colleagues and patients.

Erin was born Erin Ione Dunlap June 4, 1992.  Her Dad Shawn, Mom Michelle and sitters Molly and Morgan have always been a main source of her happiness. Molly’s husband Bryce also has become a part of this happiness team.  When you meet Erin’s’ family, its hard to imagine that anyone can really be that wonderful. They are all so very kind, loving and Christ centered that they make you feel at home where ever you are.  It is no surprise Erin turned out so Lovely.  Their secret is no secret their family is built on the Rock of Jesus Christ.  They love to play music and sing together. They, as Erin are beautiful.
John 3:16  “ For God so loved the world (Erin, you, all of us), that HE gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 11:25
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
Erin Believed and Trusted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, therefore we are confident she is in Heaven!
November 9,2018 at 0500 Erin gave her body to the transplant team of UW Madison.  Her liver, pancreas and kidneys will be used to give life to others.  Erin’s physical life here on earth will not be over.  The miracle from God, she will not die.  We will miss her here. She will be in Heaven where she will have no tears, pain or suffering.  To help each of us deal with missing her here.  We have to TRUST GOD. 

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

When we miss her, think on how blessed we are to have had here in our lives.  Be thankful, for her life.  Thank God for Erin, when you miss her, envision her happy and smiling in Heaven.  It will help, even though it will still be hard.  TRUST GOD.

We ALL Love you Erin and are so thankful you have been in our lives.  We just really wish you could have stayed a lot longer.  But it is better to have loved and lost then to never to have loved at all.  We know its not over, we will see you again in Heaven.  You will forever live on.  Thank you Erin for making such a beautiful Christ like impact in our hearts and on our lives.

Memorial services:
Sunday, November 11th from 3-6pm Visitations and Celebration of Life at First Free Church 123 Mason St.  Onalaska, WI
Monday, November 12th, 6pm Funeral service at First Free Church in the sanctuary.

There is plenty of room, please come.

Instead of Flowers please send your gifts to her new husband Ryan Mathews to help him pay for medical and funeral expenses and any type of memorial he thinks will honor Erins’ life the best. 

Ryan Mathews
2012 Charles Street
Lacrosse, WI, 54656

Please also send your prayers, to cover my son Ryan, with God’s strength and endurance to make it through is potentially devastating event.

Be fit, be blessed and enjoy every moment you can with your loved ones,


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