Erin Marie McPherson (Garner)

  • Born: February 6, 1989
  • Died: September 13, 2019
  • Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Greene Funeral Home

814 Franklin Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Tel. (703) 549-0089

Tribute & Message From The Family

ALEXANDRIA, Erin Marie McPherson (Garner), age 30, passed away on Sept. 13, 2019, from complications related to her heart. She was a newlywed, having met her soulmate, Fairfax County Police Officer Andrew James McPherson. They were married January 12 of this year. She was proud to be a police officer's wife. Their only source of conflict was that Andrew, being a Canadian, was a Winnipeg Jets fan, while Erin was a die hard Washington Capitals fan. Excited parents to be, Erin and Andrew were expecting a child on March 17, 2020.

Erin was born and raised in Alexandria by Jim and Christine Garner. The oldest of three girls, she had two loving sisters, Taylor and Morgan. The water was her happy place! Her endless days in the family pool propelled her into competitive swimming. She would often say it was fitting that she was born under the sign of Aquarius (water sign) and her chosen confirmation name was Adjutor, the patron saint of swimmers. She loved animals and was practically a one person pet adoption agency, having brought many dogs and cats into her and her family's homes. She had an infectious laugh, an adventurous streak a mile wide, and was enthusiastically nonjudgmental. Erin was very creative and loved arts & crafts especially if GLITTER was involved! Her mantra was to "make every day count."

Erin's passion in life was caring for and helping people. She graduated from Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School in Arlington in 2007 and from Radford University in 2011, where she majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Forensic Anthropology. Her interest in forensics took her abroad to archaeological digs in Israel and Egypt and back home to internships at the Washington D.C. Office of the Medical Examiner and Greene's Funeral Home in Alexandria. Erin completed the VCU Medical Program in 2013 and became a paramedic and began working at Southside VA Emergency Crew in Petersburg, VA and Lifecare Medical Transport.

A mass celebrating Erin's life will be held on Saturday, September 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 310 South Royal Street in Old Town. Erin will be interred in a private ceremony at St. Mary's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Animal Welfare League at or to, which is an organization dedicated to aid families of law enforcement officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Garner family: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter Erin. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for your family at this difficult time.

With deepest sympathies,
Ken and Lisa Tully

Posted by Ken Tully - Fairfax, VA - Friend   September 28, 2019

Dearest Chris & James, your love and pain is ours too, as we grieve your loss of your precious daughter Erin.
Praying God to comfort and keep you in His loving arms. So sorry, Therese & Gene

Posted by Therese Dayton - Breckenridge, CO - friend   September 26, 2019

Christine and Family,
I am so very sad to learn of Erin's death.
Please know that you are in our prayers.
Mary Sheila Evans

Posted by Mary Sheila Evans    September 23, 2019

Christine and Jim,

Dave and I were heartbroken to hear about Erin's passing.
Our love and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Dave and Bobi Dodd - Alexandria, VA   September 23, 2019

Oh Erin, the memories we've made, the talks we had and laughs we shared. It's been a rough road, at times. God blessed you with the nicest young man. I was honored to spend time with both of you. You will be with him and watching over him. My love and prayers go out to your family that God will wrap his arms around them and give them peace.

Posted by Karen Bergdoll - Mechanicsville, VA   September 20, 2019

Garner and McPherson Families:
We were so very saddened to learn of Erin's passing. We are sending our strength and prayers to you all during this difficult time.

Cathy and Eddie Miller

Posted by Cathy and Eddie Miller - Alexandria, VA - Friend   September 20, 2019

1 of the brightest lights I've ever known is now a star in the sky. Shine bright up there Erin, so the Universe will love you as much as we did down here.

Posted by Nina Greene - Alexandria, VA   September 20, 2019

Dear Christine, Jim, Taylor, and Morgan:
May the good Lord wrap you in His loving arms during the coming days, weeks, and months. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Warm regards,
Dan Sullivan and Emma Lopo-Sullivan

Posted by A friend   September 19, 2019