Erna Gulbis Church
  • 82 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 7, 1921
  • Place of birth:
    Riga, Latvia
  • Date of passing: Sep 9, 2004
  • Place of passing:
    Herndon, Virginia, United States
In memory of the most beautiful soul I will have ever & will ever know.

Erna Gulbis Swan (married as Erna Gulbis Church) born on November 7, 1921 in Riga, Latvia and was called home on September 9, 2004 in Herndon, Virginia. I will remember her forever as both my Grandma and beautiful woman.


Her true dedication to making people smile, seeing the glass half full and raising me that life is too short to hold onto negative energy. I will forever hold her in my heart and wear her beliefs on my sleeve.


She loved spending her time volunteering at Reston Hospital Center in Reston, Virginia and was devoted to her volunteer work. She was awarded numerious times for outstanding service at the hospital. Sometimes spending holidays with those who were not able to spend them with their own family and friends. During Christmas there was no better place than at Maw's house. She would have her lit up houses along the fireplace mantle and her moving Santa & Mrs. Claus in the living room window. Holidays with Maw were truly magical and something I will always hold on to and never forget.


Erna would never miss a Redskins game - she enjoyed watching them win but would still watch even if the game wasn't in our favor! Hail To The Redskins, Maw! She was very close with Coach Joe Gibbs during and after his coaching days with Washington were over.


Forever in my heart,

Brittny Lynn

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Brittny Spurlock on 20th December 2017

"Christmas hasn’t been the same without you Maw. I miss you every single day that passes. I love you."

This tribute was added by Brittny Spurlock on 28th April 2016

"Miss you Maw - so much it hurts. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you.

Brittny Lynn"

This tribute was added by Brittny Spurlock on 18th December 2014

"Thinking of you so much, wishing I could come over and have lunch with you, or come watch "It's a Wonderful Life" with you - Christmas has never been the same since you left, I suppose it will never be either.

I love you,
Brittny Lynn"

This tribute was added by Brittny Spurlock on 3rd October 2013

"To my Maw - Thank you for raising and making me the woman I am today. I cherish all of the memories we have together. I think about you every single day. Nobody will ever hurt like I do now that you're gone. I'm don't think I will ever accept the fact that I will never be able to come over and spend time with you. Rest in peace. I love you."

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