Erin Brostuen, 38, of Williston, North Dakota, passed away at the CHI Saint Alexus Medical Center in Williston on Monday morning, June 18, 2018.
Following the eruption of Mount St Helens, Erin Patricia Brostuen burst into this world on May 19, 1980 in Williston, ND. Erin was ready and willing to enjoy all life had to offer! She grew up in this wonderful small town where she had so many opportunities to jump in, learn, grow, and thrive. She attracted and influenced people wherever she went.
She was strong, spunky, spicy and decisive. She loved to nurture her younger siblings, David and Sarah, even if they thought she was too bossy sometimes.
Erin loved and looked for new experiences and challenges. Erin jumped whole-heartedly into swim team, choir and band in high school. She volunteered to be a diver on the swim team and enjoyed every minute of it. She was an important part of Rainbow Girls where she served as a local Worthy Advisor. In true Erin fashion she was crowned “Miss Williams County” after deciding to compete just four days prior.
Any Williston residents who knew her before her graduation from Williston High School remember her amazing smile….and everyone was touched by the love she showed her friends and family.
After graduation, Erin was ready for the next stage of her life; she had privately been planning her baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She decided to surprise her family by doing it on a family trip to Hawaii. She attended a semester at Williston State College and had moved to Utah planning on going to college, continuing on to Dental School. She was excited and ready to move on. God had bigger plans for Erin. In May of 1999, she suddenly found herself in a different university when she suffered a traumatic brain injury following an automobile accident. Erin continued to use her strength and ability to influence others without the ability to walk or talk….and she rose to that challenge beautifully. It wasn’t easy for her, she experienced pain and setback after setback. Her world was filled with the dedication and devotion that she inspired in others. Though she couldn’t communicate in the traditional sense, those who spent time with her felt her peace, love and the presence of angels when they were with her. Erin was blessed with angels here on earth often in the form of caregivers. Every one of them feel that they were privileged to be there.
Her love for family never faltered. Even though she couldn’t be bossy any longer, the intensity of her caring was evident in her relationship with her siblings and especially her mother. The care and concern they showed her is a testament to the beauty of the person she was and never ceased being. She continued to embrace and conquer the challenges placed before her.
Her sweet spirit, smiles, and courage will be missed by all who knew her. While we mourn our loss, we also rejoice that her pain and physical limitations have ended. We find comfort in the freedom and joy she is experiencing in the Savior’s arms.
Erin is survived by her grandparents, Bob and Jan Gubrud, and Jean Maisey; Her parents, William (Bill) and Karen Maisey; siblings, David Brostuen, Sarah Brock, Molly Hall, Curt Maisey, Mike Maisey, Steve Maisey, Tom Maisey, Marilyn Sadler, and Ryan Maisey and many many many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, John Brostuen; grandparents, Pearl and Earling Brostuen, and Daniel Glen Maisey.
Erin’s family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and caregivers who cared for her so lovingly.