SCARBOROUGH — The Saban family would like to share the loss of their beloved Ericka (Scooby).

She was born Jan. 27, 1988, to her mother Sarah (Daigneau-Smith) Thompson of Lewiston/Somerville and her father Frederick L. Saban II of Sabattus. Ericka, 22, passed away July 15, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

Ericka attended Baxter School for the Deaf and Lewiston High School, graduating Class of 2008.

Ericka was loved by so very many people, practically everyone she ever met, from the families of dad and mom alike. She enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, her match-box cars and adaptive skiing at Lost Valley, tethered to her dad. Ericka loved motorcycle rides and band practice with her dad, though deaf, she thrilled to the vibration of the bass and drums. Ericka loved the outdoors whether kicking a ball around, or just walking with Barrett, Chloe or Luke, just a few of her pets.

Though her life was cut short, she adapted and over came to live each day she had teaching others what unconditional love really meant. She touched many lives on many levels and all that knew her were blessed.

She had a giggle that was intoxicating and, with few exceptions, was always smiling. Ericka’s medical challenges were many and with every turn inspired a prayer circle that deepened and grew.

Paternal survivors include, her dad, Fred Saban II of Sabattus; her stepmom, Terry (Saban) Theriault of Sumner; stepbrother, Jonathan; stepsisters, Megan and Brittany; uncle, Noel Brown and wife, Alison, of Jay; aunt, Kathi Fortin of New Hampshire; uncle, Jim Saban and wife, Amy, of North Whitefield; aunt, Sheri-Lynn Sullivan and husband, Kevin, of New Hampshire; uncle, Mike Saban of Waterville; great-aunt, Lorraine and uncle, Jim Erskine, of Dixmont; great-aunt, Nancy Saban of Palermo; and many, many more….

She was predeceased by grampy, Fred Saban and grammie Anne Saban. Ericka was their first grandchild. For them, Ericka was the “light of life itself.”

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