Priscilla J. Erickson joined a special choir of heaven’s angels January 29, 2018, after a valiant 13-month battle against glioblastoma, an incurable cancer of the brain. During this period, she established a legacy of courage, perseverance, and faith, and will be remembered by family and friends as a constant beacon of hope in the face of a daunting diagnosis.
Priscilla was born July 16, 1940 in Passaic, N.J., went to High School in Monroe, N.Y. and to Katherine Gibbs School in New York City. Over the years, she raised her children in a number of cities as she followed her first husband to key places, where he was involved in the U.S. space program. Reston, Va. had become her home base and in 1977, Keuka Lake became her summer retreat (until 1994, when she and her second husband Don moved to the lake year-round). She and Don also enjoyed and explored Celebration, Fla., where they spent many lovely, sunny days riding the bike trails throughout the state. Through all these places she has lived, she leaves behind a symphony of dear friends and loved ones.
Priscilla was trained as an Executive Assistant, which provided her entree into many important positions in her professional career, not the least of which was Executive Assistant to Arthur Kirk, President of Keuka College. She held this position for four years from 1982-1986. She also served as Assistant Registrar of Keuka College from 1994 to 2000.
Priscilla and Don are members of the United Methodist Church in Penn Yan, are participants in the Living Well, and are members of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce. For 23 seasons, Priscilla and Don represented and promoted the beauty and appeal of their beloved Keuka Lake and the Finger Lakes region as owners and popular hosts of Tudor Hall Bed and Breakfast on East Bluff Drive.
She leaves a legacy of a loving husband, Don; three McCloskey children from her first marriage, Deena (Seattle), Eric (Chicago), Jason (Denver); and their spouses and six offspring. Beyond that, she “adopted” three Erickson children from Don’s first marriage, Brenda LaCroix (Fairfax, Va.), Scott (Denver), and Garth (Indonesia); and their spouses, 10 children, and five grandchildren. She was adored by all.
The Keuka Comfort Care Home provided wonderful care for Priscilla and her family in her final days. They treated her with great skill, tenderness, and love, making this most difficult transition as comfortable as possible. A donation to KCCH in Priscilla’s name would be a fitting tribute.