Erika Jayne Carson, 21, an adventurous, caring, passionate and kind young woman, passed away on January 24, 2019.

A Celebration Service to honor Erika’s life was held on February 16, in Laramie, WY.

She was born in Galveston, TX, on November 29, 1997, to Jay and Cinthy Carson, and joined her older brother Jake at home. As a toddler, Erika and her family moved to Laramie, WY, where she was raised. She grew up knowing the importance of the outdoors and found her happiness in the vastness of the surrounding mountains.

Riding horses, a passion of hers, instilled hard work and perseverance into Erika, which led her to ride in the National Young Rider Competition as well as being a barn manager, horse trainer and riding instructor. Her unrelenting optimism and adventurous spirit also led her to become an avid mountaineer and to complete a National Outdoor Leadership Course (NOLS), becoming an EMT and Wilderness First Responder. Elevating above the preconceived norm,

Erika climbed and conquered endless mountains in Colorado. Most notable was a nine-day trek in Peru, where she summited the 3rd highest peak, Nevada Coropuna. Unsurprisingly, she fell in love with climbing higher and searching for more. Extremely artistic, Erika brought her thoughts, memories and experiences to life through an empty canvas, wood carvings and unique creations.

Her memories live on through her family, her unmistakable art, her fearless friends, her loving companion Jack-Jack the dog, and her everlasting impact on every single person she touched. Erika cared about her family, her friends and her animals with ferocious passion. Her caring nature made those around her feel safe and heard. Helping people was second nature for this beautiful young woman.

Erika was able to save the lives of three people through the gift of organ donation. To carry on her memory, her family asks that donations be made to for Erika Carson or mail a check to: One Mind, P.O. Box 680, Rutherford, California, 94573.

Erika will be dearly missed by her parents Jay and Cinthy Carson of Laramie, WY, and her older brother Jake of Ft. Collins, CO; her grandparents Raymond and Joanne Carson of Langford and Judy Wood of Wessington, SD; and her aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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