Erin Margaret O'Neill
  • 24 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 29, 1991
  • Place of birth:
    Franklin, Indiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 9, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Not a day will go by without you in it; Fly High Bones!

This memorial website was created in memory of our daughter, sister and friend, Erin O'Neill, 24, born on November 29, 1991 and passed away on March 9, 2016. We will remember her forever. On the evening of Tuesday, March 8, 2016 she was involved in a motorcycle accident. Erin was thrown off of the bike and lifelined to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. She sustained severe Tramatic Brain Injury, multiple skull fractures and multiple broken bones. Upon her arrival, she underwent several brain scans and exams. Her brain began to swell and the doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to get her brain pressure to come down. They administered medication after medication to bring the swelling down. Unfortunately, as time went by she began to lose the motor function skills that are associated with an active brain stem. She was unconscious and unresponsive to any of the tests. She had a very weak cough on the ventilator, and eventually she was unable to breathe on her own. The swelling in her brain increased and pushed down on her brain stem. The doctors administered one final brain blood flow test that consisted of injecting a solution to show vivid images of brain portions that might still be alive. We prayed relentlessly. Unfortunately, the neurosurgeons saw the results and she was declared brain dead. This memorial page is created with the full intention to keep her legacy alive. She possessed the most generous and loving of all hearts. She never failed to find redemption in anyone. She taught us all by her actions how to forgive. She always found the quirky and funny side to any situation and daily life. Please assist us in keeping her memory alive so that we all have the ability at any time and any place to relive precious moments with her. Erin, you are truly loved and the depth of our sorrow can never be articulated enough. Words will never express just how much you meant to us. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jonathan Burgard on 9th March 2017

A year has gone and the emotion everyone feels everyday has not changed. You are truly missed more then you could ever know. Austin still talks about his Aunty Nan Ner often. You my not be here anymore physically but you are still here in everyone's hearts."

This tribute was added by Sara Stock on 2nd March 2017

"I formally met you for the first time at my first time showing at Indiana State fair. I remember we went to get food and we were sitting down eating and the entire time you made me, my mom, Cassie Tyree and my sister, Cassie, laugh the entire time. You had the best jokes and could make something funny out of everything. I can assure you, you were very loved and greatly missed everyday. ❤"

This tribute was added by Krystal Burgard on 1st March 2017

"My dear sister. A year is quickly approaching. So many things have happened this past year. I miss you so much. I have so many things I want to tell you. So many things I want you to be a part of. So many times I want to hear your voice and your laugh. Or for you just to be a smart ass. So many things I cannot get out of my head. Nor do I believe. You would tell me I am being stupid, but deep down you always knew I was right. I cannot accept this is life as we know it. I cannot accept we will never get to see you get married. I will never be an Aunt to your children the way you were so wonderfully to mine. I still feel like I took off down the road last week to get to you in the hospital. I still feel like we just had your service last week. I have no idea how to go forward. My therapy sessions haven't changed any this past year either. It literally is like I am stuck on repeat. Reliving this horrible devastating week over and over again. God, I miss you! Please watch over us all. Mom and Dad are so lost without you. I love you. Always and a day!"

This tribute was added by Jonathan Burgard on 7th June 2016

"Erin, you are always on our minds and missed more than you could ever know. Austin thinks about you every single day and prays for his Aunty Nan Ner. Time does not make it easier and you will never leave our hearts and the love with have for you. Fly high and remember we will never forget about you! – Love your brother in-law Jon"

This tribute was added by Cassandra Robinson on 2nd June 2016

"I met bones when I was 10 years old , coming into Judy Moosemann's barn with a horse of my own. I had a lot of work on my hands and bones was the one stuck to help me. At first we didn't talk much, just bones telling me what needed to be done and that's probably just because I was so much younger. Eventually we started making our own inside jokes , making fun of my horrible hearing and soon after she became my best friend. She was at every show , whether I needed her or not , she was at every doctors appointment when I needed her , and she was the first one to see me when I found out I was pregnant at 14. She stuck by my side the whole evening, watched over me, checked to see if I was okay by stopping at my house , calling, or texting me. No matter what I could always depend on her to give me her best advice and be there when I needed her most. When people mistakes us for sisters , she went along with it . She never failed to take me out to lunch on my birthday at the same place because she knew my family was not fond of my favorite restaurant(but bones was.) I considered her a sister and loved every moment I spent with her , even if we were mad at eachother over something stupid. She will always be a sister to me , and an aunt to my twins."

This tribute was added by Jessie Minneman on 22nd March 2016

"Erin and I showed horses together in the AQHA. We always showed in the showmanship and the hunt seat together. I remember last year we rode together, and she said, 'You're horse is so big, how do you get on that thing?!' I said well a step ladder. We laughed as we stood in the line up together. We always said hi to each other and stood by one another in the line ups every time we showed together. Erin was so friendly and she could make anyone smile. She was a great horseman, and a great friend. She will be missed by many, and I will miss having her in the line up with me."

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This memorial is administered by:

Bob O'Neill
Marianne O'Neill
Krystal Burgard


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