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Erica L. Rutledge

July 29, 1975 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 48) 48 Years Old

Erica Rutledge Obituary

Erica Leanna (Warren) Rutledge passed away at Franciscan Hospital, Michigan City, Indiana on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at age 48, after a long, heroic battle with cancer.

Our ‘Purple Queen’ was born on July 29, 1975 in Gary, Indiana to Johnny Warren Sr. and Linda (Payne) Warren. Erica was raised and educated in Gary and Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from North Side High School in Fort Wayne in 1993. She was employed in business and retail, including at The Heritage Companies in Fort Wayne and at Blue Chip Casino Hotel in Michigan City where she first met her future Husband Ephraim Rutledge. Erica loved her family, her friends and her faith. She loved the color purple and she enjoyed gardening, writing poetry, arts and crafts and making care packages for those in need. She was a ‘Super Mom’ and enjoyed volunteering as a chaperone on her children’s many school field trips.

She was preceded in death by her Father: Johnny Warren Sr., Maternal Grandmother: Alpha Payne Lawson, Aunt: Ethel Payne, First Cousin: Shawn Smith, and Mother-in-Law: Barbara Tidwell.

Erica leaves to forever cherish her memory, her Husband: Ephraim Rutledge, Sons: Aaron Golden and Carlos Rutledge, Daughters: Eriana and Anyla Rutledge all of Michigan City, Indiana; Mother: Linda (Payne) Walters and Stepfather: Mark Walters, Sisters: Tomeko Warren (Kevin) Hopson all of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Dorna Warren Robinson and Robin Warren (Jerome) Strayhorn all of Charlotte, North Carolina; Brother: Johnny Warren Jr. of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and First Cousin/Brother: Joshua (Tremaine) Payne of Atlanta, Georgia; Nephews: Josiah Hopson of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Jerrin (Jessica) Strayhorn of Maryland; Shawn Smith, Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana; Nieces: Lorin Robinson Charlotte, North Carolina; Brooke Strayhorn of Gastonia, North Carolina; T’Yauna Payne of Indianapolis; Ja’Liyah Payne of Atlanta, Georgia; and Savaya Tidwell of Michigan City, Indiana; along with a host of many more cousins, extended family and friends.

Erica’s passing has left a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. But we take comfort in knowing her suffering has ended and that she is now resting peacefully. She knew that she would see us all again in the Paradise.

A Celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 2:00pm at Coleman & Hicks Chapel 101 S. Karwick Rd. Michigan City, Indiana 46360. Family hour will be 1:00pm until time of service.

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Services

Family Hour
Saturday
January 20, 2024

1:00 PM
Coleman & Hicks Chapel
101 S Karwick Rd.
Michigan City, IN 46360

Video is available for this event


Celebration of Life
Saturday
January 20, 2024

2:00 PM
Coleman & Hicks Chapel
101 S Karwick Rd.
Michigan City, IN 46360

Video is available for this event


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