OBITUARY

Erin Gay Branton

March 24, 1976October 7, 2021
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In loving memory of Erin Gay Branton, also affectionately known as “Mom”, “Sissy”, and “Er-Bear”. Erin was born March 24, 1976, in Austin, Texas to Charles and Suezette Branton. At the time of her death, she was 45. Erin was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. She lit up the room when she walked in and at an early age, she was a caregiver at heart. Erin was the apple of her Grandpa’s eye and the spitting image of her mother, Suzi.

Erin was raised in the Oak Hill Area of Austin, Texas. She came from a long line of softball players and her mother was her coach. She was an avid softball player. Erin graduated from Bowie High School in 1994. She passed her love of softball on to her daughter, Madi, and she and her family spent many hours at the softball fields, at practice, and at tournaments. She loved watching Madi play.

Erin always wanted to follow in her grandmother, LaDoris Gay’s, footsteps to become a nurse. She worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant while applying to nursing school. Erin graduated in 2002 from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. LaDoris, at the age of 83, pinned Erin at her BSN ceremony. In August 2009 Erin received her MSN from UT Arlington, becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Erin was currently working at Prospero Health providing home-based medical care to people living with serious illness. She helped them feel empowered to write their stories with joy and dignity.

Erin had a deep love for her three beautiful children: Mason Oliver Milligan and twins Madyn Suezette Milligan and Maxwell Scott Milligan. Her oldest son Mason made her a Mama and her family blossomed three years later with the birth of her twins Max and Madi. Erin loved doing things for her children such as a annual tradition of a back-to-school party with a pencil cake. During the holidays she would host a Christmas Eve Party complete with a Gingerbread House decorating, ornament exchange, and fun games.

Then came, THE JEEP. She loved that Jeep. Driving with the top down, sun shining, and old school rap blaring from her speakers while eating sunflower seeds…even with her 75-year-old Mother in her ride! “We will miss your sass, your laugh, your free spirit and your friendship. You lived life on your terms and did it your way. Your heart had to endure too much pain for any Mama, but you always pushed through. Fly with the angels, hug Mason, Pappy and all those who went too soon. We will be watching over your babies down here. We love you Mostess,” as so well stated by Heather Georgiou.

Erin is preceded in death by her father, Charles Branton and her oldest son Mason Milligan. She is survived by her twins Max and Madi Milligan, mother Suezette Branton, sister Kerry Huffman and her husband Shane, niece Kaelan Huffman, nephew Branton Huffman and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and loved ones. Services will be at 11am on Tuesday, October 12th at First United Methodist Church, 600 South Buffalo, Canton, Texas. Visitation will be held at 10:00am. Lunch at the church directly after the service. Interment following at the gravesite for the family. Pastor Adam Muckleroy will officiate at the service.

“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever.” ~Peter Pan In lieu of flowers, the family would like for contributions to be made in memory of her son, Mason Oliver Milligan, to the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization for suicide awareness, or the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Trevor White

October 14, 2021

I met Erin when I started dating Jennifer Rhoads, who was her mom's best friend's daughter. I had the honor of getting to know the entire family and Erin and I used to have fun poking each other on Facebook about social issues we disagreed on. Sadly, we said goodbye to Jennifer and her mother in the same year, 2019. Erin was so sweet and kind during both the funerals. I remember well seeing her and her children and how much they meant to her. We also lost her father, Charlie, the year before. Jen and I traveled to Canton, TX. from Tulsa, OK. for the funeral, imagining we all had so much time together. Life is short -- love one another and tell them so.

Misty Graham

October 11, 2021


I’m still in shock that this has happened and have been searching for the right words to express how I feel hearing this news.

Erin and I met in nursing school, and I’ve always believed there was a Divine hand in that and was always so thankful to have her by my side sharing all the craziness and laughs along the way.
I wouldn’t have wanted to go through it without her by my side.

I have always treasured our friendship and the life experiences in college and beyond that we shared.

Even when you haven’t seen them in years, when you genuinely loved someone, especially when they were monumental in your life, they are a permanent piece of you.

She is a part of me.

Many of THE BEST moments of my life included her.

THE BEST laughs in my life DEFINITELY were with her.

I know so many feel this way and she is a piece of so many others.

And despite the heartache, I am grateful to be included in the group of people who share the same feelings of sadness and disbelief because that means I was lucky enough to know her and love her.

Erin, thank you for sharing your extraordinary self with us all, for never holding back, and for making everyone feel like you were their best friend. You mean so much to so many.

You will be terribly missed and loved beyond measure!

Edward Gonzalez

October 11, 2021

My Love and My Angel, I was so blessed to have been in Erin’s life we had so much Fun in all we Did she always wanted to help others before her self and if she couldn’t she would find a way. A couple of days before her passing I told her I was so proud of her and all that she had done to the apartment, I took her flowers she was so happy. Erin I will always love you and check up on the Kids. Ellie sends her love.

Amen Edward R Gonzalez

Mary Ghaleb

October 10, 2021

Suezette, I am so so sorry. There can be nothing more painful than losing your child - and so young! I wish I could be with you now. Words can not help, only the memories can keep you going. My sincerest condolences to the family. May she Rest In Peace. (I’m sure Charlie will take care of her!)

John Feudo

October 10, 2021

May the Lord bless you
May the Lord keep you
May the Lord lift up his divine countenance upon you
and bring you peace!

Thank you for being my friend, it was my pleasure to have known you, Rest In Peace!

Judith Gonzalez

October 10, 2021

I met Erin while she was a friend to my son Edward. The short time that I knew her she was so sweet and full of life. I knew always my that Erin would take if my son.

It is so hard to understand why good people leave us. But I guess God needed her.

My condolences to the family from
Don Darios Restaurant.

I will miss you Erin

Laura Briggs

October 10, 2021

The day we met……I sat in on your interview to be supervisor of the unit I worked on at Baylor. You were so bubbly and full of life I loved you from the first day, I knew we would be friends.
We had so much in common. We both had 1st born sons named Mason, and soon found out we had lived in the same neighborhood in Red Oak. We both were March babies and grew up in the same Episcopalian religion. We even had the same mole on our neck. Too ironic to not be friends from the start.
I had transferred to Postpartum when she had the twins so I took care of her and the twins. The most precious family. So many birthday parties and celebrations there after. My family loved her family, so much that my mother n love watched her children for many years. We joked that she stole my babysitter. I love you always Erin. I can’t believe you are gone. My heart aches and I pray for strength and understanding for the family but especially Max & Madi. She loved you guys so much from the very first day!
❤️ ❤️❤️
Sending my love to Her mom and whole family.

Maria DelDonno

October 10, 2021

My condolences to the family. Kerry, I am so sorry for your loss. I am Diolanda’s mom

April Booth

October 10, 2021

My world will never be the same...you took up for me when I couldn't u made me feel loved when I didn't thank you for being my friend and loving me unconditionally I will never forget you...thank you for being my sister by choice...I love u more than I can ever say...MOUTH OF THE SOUTH got her wings fly high and I will see you again...-April

Roxanne Gutierrez

October 10, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Erin was always a nice friend in high school. Such a wonderful spirit to be around! I am grateful to have known her and pray for her sweet kids!!!
Roxanne