Erna was deeply committed to her Christian faith which found expression in both her professional and volunteer activities. She taught in the B.C. public school system in Surrey, Mission, and Prince George. Erna acquired her BEd and attended MB Bible College, Winnipeg. In her early teaching years, she spent a number of Sundays organizing and teaching Sunday school in Lake Errock, B.C. Erna taught at the International School of Curitiba, Brazil, under the auspices of the MB mission board, 1968–1971. In retirement, her energies went to organizing and growing the library of the Westwood MB Church, Prince George, B.C. Upon moving to Clearbrook, Erna volunteered for the Mennonite Historical Society. Erna was a devoted aunt to all her nieces and nephews, their spouses, and children. She kept in touch with all of them through cards and emails and enjoyed inviting them to her home and playing games together. Erna upheld them all in her daily prayers.