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Erin A. Burton

May 30, 1980 — January 18, 2023

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Erin A. Burton

Erin Ashley Hughes Burton, 42 died January 18, 2023 after a courageous 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Erin attended Sullivan's Island Elementary, Porter Gaud School, and Duke University, where she earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Architectural Design. She later earned her PE. As an athlete, Erin set school and state records in cross country at Porter Gaud; competed at a national level as a rower at Duke; became a world class rower and a member of the US Rowing team.  She won the national title as a lightweight rower in 2006. In 2008, she narrowly missed the Olympic team. After retiring from rowing, she began cycling competitively, winning state titles in NC, SC and GA as well as a first place (women's) finish in the Assault on Mt Mitchell. She competed briefly on a professional level. Erin began her career with BP Cooper River in 2012 as a project engineer, later serving as Operations Superintendent and Optimization Engineer. Prior to her illness, she served as Production Specialist for BP Whiting, near Chicago.

Erin will forever be remembered for her intellect, her beauty, her work ethic, and the determined spirit that allowed her to excel in all that she did. She is grateful to her many friends in the running, rowing, cycling and BP communities for their continued support through her illness as well as the many medical professionals that oversaw her care.

Erin is survived by her parents; her brother John Michael (Jensie); nephew Jack, and a loving extended family.

 A service of inurnment will be conducted at Mepkin Abbey Columbarium in Monck's Corner on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 11 am. Afterwards, the family will receive friends and celebrate Erin's life at their home, 1458 Gunnison St., Mount Pleasant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to MUSC Foundation, Hollings Cancer Center, 18 Bee St. MSC450, Charleston, SC 29425, or World Bicycle Relief:

 McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation, 1520 Rifle Range Rd. Mt. Pleasant, SC has been entrusted with arrangements.

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