Parents who established a scholarship to honor their daughter after her sudden death from bacterial meningitis want students to be aware they can apply for the Wyoming Homemakers Association award established in her name.
Erin Reed was a freshman interested in art at Casper College when she became ill with flu-like symptoms on a Sunday in March 2004. She died that Tuesday.
“We miss her and always will,” said her mother, Beverly.
She and husband, Tom, wished to let other students know of the dangers of bacterial meningitis. Erin loved drawing, art and animals, especially golden retrievers. The parents made a limited number of prints from her artwork to sell to help offset costs of informing parents and students about the disease.
“As the knowledge of bacterial meningitis increased and the need for funding decreased, we wanted another avenue for her prints, and we wanted to be able to help students with college expenses,” said Beverly.