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Erika Lynn Serviss-Low


Erika Lynn Serviss-Low passed away suddenly on July 16, 2021 in Whitehorse at the age of 47. Born in Gouverneur, New York and raised in Colorado, Erika was an exceptionally smart, creative and brave woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend.

She was unwavering in her love of her family and friends. Erika’s beautiful legacy is the life she built with, and the love she gave to, her daughters Eleanor (16) and Evelyn (12) and her partner of nearly 20 years, James.

She is survived and remembered by her beloved parents Katherine and Curtis Serviss (Helena, Montana), sister Erin DeCoste (Leander, Texas), sister Meghan Holmlund (Helena, Montana), brother Ryan Serviss (Seattle, Washington), life-long friend Rebecca Lease (Portland, Oregon), and aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and dear friends across the United States, Canada, and beyond.

She was the much-loved daughter-in-law to Betty and Don Slowinski (Baden, Ontario), sister-in-law to Kathy (Low) Daigle (Kitchener, Ontario), sister-in-law to Stephanie Slowinski (Waterloo, Ontario), and niece to Andy and Lori Low (London, Ontario).

Erika moved to Canada in 2001, settling in London, Ontario where she worked as a tutor and teaching assistant at Western University. Her love of the mountains and a northern adventure called her to the Yukon in 2014, where she was able to continue to pursue her passion for writing, quilting and crafting.

In every place she lived and travelled, Erika made a profound connection, friendship and impact. And despite the many health challenges she encountered, she faced each day with a quiet (but fierce) determination to live life on her terms.

In lieu of flowers, you can honour this spirit with a donation in her name to an epilepsy charity or support group in your area. We also ask that in your own lives, you help spread awareness and understanding about epilepsy, so that the more than 50 million people around the world who have this condition are properly diagnosed, treated and supported physically (and emotionally).

A celebration of her life will be held with family and friends at a later date.

Erika, we love you. We miss you terribly. We’ve lost you at a time when the world needs more people like you. We need you and your joyful smile. But we will forever celebrate and hold close to our hearts your goodness, resilience, strength, and love. Your spirit will never dim. Be at peace.

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Teri Lindsay on Jul 30, 2021 at 10:01 pm

My heartfelt condolences James. I am so sorry for your loss .

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Jana Seijts on Jul 25, 2021 at 8:57 am

From the moment you walked into my life back in the Student Development Centre at Western University, I knew immediately that you were a force to be reckoned with. Your warmth, caring, creativity, intelligence, and understated humour drew people to you. We were all so fortunate to be your friend.

Your ability to provide caring support and insights to the thousands of students you worked with at the SDC and the Ivey Business School to improve their skills has had and will continue to have, a lasting impact.

For myself, I can say, I have lost someone so special to me. My heart is so heavy at this loss. It was an honour to work with you. I will forever cherish our conversations about education, writing, and life and the world in general. Moreover, you were so much more than a work colleague, you were a friend.

To James, Ellie, Evelyn, and Monty, please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

With much love,

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Shannon Mighton on Jul 24, 2021 at 8:32 am

Erika was one of the most genuine, courageous, funny, and lovely people I have ever met. She had so many passions and talents, but there was no question that her family was her true love.

Words cannot describe how sorry I am to hear about her passing. Although I had not seen her since she left London, the conversations that we shared while working together and when we would meet up for lunch on campus will stay with me always.

With heartfelt condolences,
Shannon Mighton

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Grace Snider on Jul 23, 2021 at 12:18 pm

I am so sorry for your family's--and all of our--loss. I love this photo of Erika in her happy place at the Yukon River lookout; her radiant smile offers some solace for my sad heart. Erika was not only my writing buddy, she was also a dear friend. I will miss her terribly and will keep her memory alive. With love and peace as you grieve. "We're all just walking each other home." Ram Dass

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