Erin M. Howard

Erin Marie Howard, of Holbrook, formerly of Randolph, age 51 passed away at her home on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert F. Howard, her mother Barbara J Howard (Rabbitt) and her sister Patricia A. Hayes (Howard).

She was loved and cared for by her sister Mary Lepisto (Howard) and her husband Charles of Lititz, PA; and her brother Brian Howard, and his wife Leah of Randolph.

Erin loved her nieces and nephews, Jillian, Kaitlyn and Brian Howard; and Kristin, Patrick and Michael Hayes.

Many of you know Erin’s story, some do not. She was in a tragic car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury 30 years ago, unable to communicate or walk. Our mother spent the rest of her life dedicated to Erin and there is no doubt in our minds, the stress of caring for her took many years off her own life. Before her accident, Erin was full of life and would light up a room. She had an infectious personality. Even after the horrific accident, even after she could no longer communicate and was often in pain, Erin could still light up a room with her aura.

While there has been much pain and sorrow over the past 30 years, there have been many points of light. The Randolph Community rallied around our family, raising money that allowed us to purchase a handicapped van and renovate the house which allowed Erin to come back home for many years. There were countless members of Spaulding Hospital, South Shore VNA, Tower Hill Nursing and BAMSI that provided Erin with medical care, and more importantly, love. Old Colony Hospice made the past few months and especially the past few days bearable, as Erin never did anything easy – while her body was weak and in pain, but her spirit was strong.

To commemorate the kindness and support the Randolph community provided our family in our times of need, from when our Dad died in 1973 and again after Erin’s tragic accident in 1989, we ask you to consider a donation to the Randolph Covid-19 Relief Fund in Erin’s memory. We have many residents that are struggling to pay bills, and making decisions between food, rent or medicine. Donations can be mailed to Randolph Town Hall c/o Randolph Covid-19 Relief Fund; 41 South Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368.

In Peace – The Howard Family

To ensure everyone's health during these uncertain times, a private service and burial was held at Knollwood Memorial park, Canton, MA.


First Name: Lisa
Last Name: Hayes Mutch
City: North Weymouth
State: MA
Entry Date: 09/15/2020

It’s been a long road and I don’t believe I’ve seen or heard of a warrior as strong as Erin. Before the accident she was a force, after she proved how much. Always with that smile and laugh that will forever echo in my heart.
Mary, Brian, Leah, thank you for taking such good care of Erin, especially this past year. My heart aches to think I can’t see that smile again, But I am happy to think of the reunion up there. It must be really loud! Until we meet again my friend...
“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes, for those who love with their hearts and soul there is no such thing as separation”.

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