Erin Marie Allen

Erin Marie Allen

March 4, 2023, 38, Goldsboro –

Erin Marie Allen was called to heaven Saturday the 4th of March 2023 following a courageous fight with breast cancer. Erin entered glory and met her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family with the sounds of her favorite worship songs and hymns playing of the God she loved and knew so well.

Erin was born in Roanoke, VA on April 21, 1984, to Enrico Charles Tonelli and Kathy Pino Glover. She enjoyed a wonderful childhood in West Virginia surrounded by a multitude of first cousins who were all best friends. Erin loved spending time together. Whether it was running, playing “spoons”, white water rafting, or just sitting and laughing, she loved being together with family.

Erin attended West Virginia University where she received a BA in English. Later life brought her to North Carolina, where she attended Wilson Community College, received an associate degree in nursing, and became a Registered Nurse. Erin was employed at Wayne Memorial Hospital where she shared her compassion and love with everyone she encountered. Her smile and gentle touch brought peace and comfort to every person she encountered; many lives were touched by her hands as well as her heart.

Upon moving to North Carolina, Erin met the love of her life, Justin Edward Allen of Goldsboro. They married on April 9, 2016, and made Goldsboro their home. While Erin was a nurse by trade, her lifelong goal, and one she considered her most prestigious, was that of becoming a mother to her two precious boys. Together, she and Justin had Weston Hayes Allen (2/25/2017) and John Emmett Allen (9/11/2019). They were, without a doubt, two of the most important parts of her life.  Erin always dreamed of becoming a mother and poured all of herself into her boys and her family.  She was selfless, despite the obstacles life threw her way. Erin put others first, especially her two precious boys.

Erin was a friend to everyone and was completely nonexclusive. Her gleaming smile, a heart of gold, abounding faith, and genuine nature made her instantly loved by all she met. She could simply make friends anywhere she went; a walk down the beach or during a “quick” exercise class.  She even made friends in difficult places: doctor’s office waiting rooms, the staff at every appointment, her SMOC and radiology nurses, techs, and housekeepers.  Everyone, everywhere; she graciously thanked and generously loved. Erin could be described in one word: love. Love radiated from her because of the Father’s love that abundantly filled her. Her greatest charge in life, along with raising her beautiful boys was to make certain everyone knew and recognized the goodness of God.  Even in times of hardship she could see and was grateful for “little miracles”.

Erin was a devout follower of God. Together as a family, they attended Saint Paul Methodist Church where she was actively involved in its youth program while continuing to love and cherish her Catholic heritage and traditions. Erin was a lover of Christian worship music; it was the soundtrack to her life. Reading scripture, listening to podcasts, and reading books that deepened her understanding and relationship with her friend Jesus, were some of her favorite ways to pass the time. 

Erin is survived by her husband Justin Edward Allen of Goldsboro and their two sons, Weston Hayes Allen and John Emmett Allen, Her mother Kathryn Pino Glover and Stepfather Dr. Gene Glover (Oak Hill, WV), her Father Enrico Charles Tonelli and Stepmother Mary Tonelli (Mooresville, NC), Brother Corbin Tonelli and wife Mallory Tonelli (Fayetteville, WV), Brother Chris Tonelli (Merrillville, IN), Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews, and numerous close friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 1:00 pm, at Saint Paul Methodist Church 206 E. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro, NC. The family invites everyone to join them following the service at their farm, 200 Arrington Bridge Road, Goldsboro, NC 2:30-4:30 pm for fellowship and love. To continue Erin’s legacy of love, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Paul Methodist Church of Goldsboro Youth Ministries, as well as Southeastern Medical Oncology Center of Goldsboro

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Allen family and online condolences may be sent via