Aeyn Edwards-Wheat
EDWARDS-WHEAT, Aeyn, Aeyn's lungs gave out on January 3, 2011 just four days shy of his 31st birthday. His last four and a half years contained more pain that anyone should suffer in a lifetime—the death of his father, William Wheat, the tragic and sudden death of his life partner, Timothy Morris and his own three and half year battle with leukemia and graft versus host disease. He lived a brief but full and happy life, right up until the end. Even at his sickest, he continued to bring laughter and joy to his many friends. He enjoyed travel, music, intellectual pursuits, but especially the company of his many friends. He was so grateful to have his life extended by the donation of stem cells from his beloved sister, Rebekah Smith and the wonderful care from the doctors and nurses at the Cancer Center. Aeyn was born in Colorado Springs January 7, 1980 and lived and travelled many places. He studied and worked at The University of Texas and later at The University of Arizona where he majored in Philosophy and Spanish reflecting two of his loves. His friends will miss his intense philosophical discussions and his vast knowledge of Latin America. Aeyn was a brilliant conversationalist who could talk to anyone about any topic and always provided the best informed and most interesting analyses. Anyone who met him knew immediately what a very special mind and very special person he was. He took pride in living a simple life, and especially loved the outdoors, his garden, and his bicycle. He met his challenges with grace and humor as reflected in an essay he posted on his Facebook page: "Today, I biked up to the "Cancer-Be-Gone"® Arizona Cancer Center for my now again twice-a-week visits, wherein I give 6 tubes of "Super-Aeyn-Blood" and chat it up with the nurses (I keep asking this one nurse out, but she says she can't date patients - bummer indeed!).…about a year ago, a nurse started biking sometimes too. So, every now and then, her bike and my bike would hang together at the bike racks. Lord only knows what kind of mischief they've gotten into while she and I have been inside doing our stuff.… for the first time that I've biked there, I arrived to find three (yes, THREE) other bikes at the bike racks! Boy, was Danny (my bike) excited, as now she could get to hang with some other cool bikes.…While chatting with my gang of nurses, I mentioned the new bikes. I was told that a woman, in her mid-30s, who had been diagnosed with lymphoma (another blood cancer like mine) a couple of months ago, had heard about me and how I always bike to the "Cancer-Be-Gone"® Center, even for chemos and bone-marrow biopsies, and she was inspired by that and decided to do it too..…So, Blessed Be, to the Robins of the world, struggling with the sadness of the new disease and finding a little something that she can do to keep on kicking ass! And, I must say, I am proud of myself. Some days I bike up there and am tired and discouraged. But, her encouragement today was really nice to hear, and gave me another little extra "umph" to keep going." Aeyn leaves behind his mother, Mary Welch and his stepfather, Gerald Welch; his two sisters, Rebekah Smith and Deborah Wheat and his grandmother, Billie Wheat whom he visited frequently in Nashville, always eager to help her, even as his own struggles grew insurmountable. He was a kind and gentle soul who deeply touched everyone he met. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any organization that Aeyn would have supported. We will celebrate his short but very special life Sunday, January 9, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the home of Terry and Dianne Horgan, 940 N. Bentley, Tucson. We hope to see his many friends there. Breathe easy at last, Aeyn, we love you. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.

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Published by Arizona Daily Star on Jan. 5, 2011.
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IT has been a year now since Jesus called HIS child, Aeyn (Peter) back to heaven...and the loss is still so tremendous on some days. My thoughts, heart and prayers go out to Aeyn's immediate family and to all of his family of friends that he amassed during his walk though this earthly world. He will always be remembered with a smile and wonderful memories!

I had the blessing of knowing him through my son Timothy Morris while they were both students in Austin, Flagstaff & Tucson. Jo Morris
Jo Morris
January 5, 2012
I just heard about Aeyn's death. I worked with him at the University of Arizona on a yearly project called the UA Factbook. He was always so energetic, joyful and eager to learn. He was one of my favorite clients. I will miss him. Thank you for posting this story of his life including his cheerful words even while dealing with cancer. He was and is an inspiration.
Roma Krebs
October 11, 2011
I am very sorry to have just heard of Aeyn's death. It must be very tough for you all. I always enjoyed him and think of all the Wheats often. God's Blessings.
David Hartland
June 13, 2011
Aeyn and Tim were wonderful people and an inspiring couple. I went to school with them in Flagstaff and remember seeing them walking together hand-in-hand on their way to work and class every morning. I also ran into them in Tucson a couple times. It comes as a shock that both of them are gone, but they obviously had a huge impact on many, many lives. Sending my love and condolences to their families.
Jacob Morrow
March 2, 2011
I'm a distant relative of Aeyn's who never really knew him. I only met him once, as a child of 8 or 9. The notes posted in this Guest Book, and elsewhere, cause me to regret never knowing Aeyn as a young man. He was clearly a wonderful human being filled with compassion, hope, and energy. You who had the pleasure of being his friends are fortunate to have been given that gift. May you find Peace as you carry on in Aeyn's absence, just as you benefit from his legacy throughout your lives.
2nd Cuz
January 30, 2011
I am truly sorry to hear of Aeyn's passing. I never met him personally, but I suspect that I would have enjoyed the conversation if I had. - Steve Morris (older surviving brother of Timothy Morris).
January 13, 2011
to the memory of such a good friend who taught me a lot about living and to those he left behind.

my poem:
Not Alone-

Why is often the question

Only if I could
...
I try to understand

something not so understood

I'd like to throw the blame on someone or something

but deep inside I know

you'll carry me through

somehow I've known this all along

you've carried me before

I need you now

please carry me once more.

Why is often the question

only if you could

you try to understand something not so understood

you'd like to throw the blame on someone or something

but deep inside you know I'll carry you through

somehow you've known this all along

I've carried you before

you need me now

I'll carry you once more (much love my dear friend), Jes
Jes
January 11, 2011
to the memory of such a good friend who taught me a lot about living and to those he left behind.

my poem:
Not Alone-

Why is often the question

Only if I could
...
I try to understand

something not so understood

I'd like to throw the blame on someone or something

but deep inside I know

you'll carry me through

somehow I've known this all along

you've carried me before

I need you now

please carry me once more.

Why is often the question

only if you could

you try to understand something not so understood

you'd like to throw the blame on someone or something

but deep inside you know I'll carry you through

somehow you've known this all along

I've carried you before

you need me now

I'll carry you once more (much love my dear friend), Jes
Jes Garcia
January 11, 2011
I would like to personally thank the Horgan family of Terry, Diane and Kelly for opening up their home to host the Memorial Service to honor Aeyn Wheat. I want to thank them for the wonderful gift of warmth, hospitality, memorable photos and a safe environment for us all to expose our shared grief & sense of loss of our precious Aeyn Edwards –Formerly Peter Wheat. (When I met Aeyn for the first time he was “Peter” to me before he became Aeyn.)
I had the immeasurable pleasure of witnessing & hearing in Aeyn the character qualities of respect, kindness, confidence, sincerity, a tremendous giving heart, wonderful sense of humor & laughter, and just expressions of unconditional LOVE he extended to me in so many ways through my time of knowing him . And from the remembrances spoken by the other friends in Aeyn's life, he touched them in the same unique ways.

My son Timothy Morris introduced me to Peter (then) back in 2001. They dearly loved & appreciated each other and for that I am so thankful. Aeyn was becoming like another son to me through his life with Tim. Aeyn, In the midst of his grief from the sudden death of Timothy in Sept 2006, showed strength and respect to me as a mom. He extended to me the unconditional love & maturity that is rarely seen in young adults in their 20’s.

I also want to thank Jackie Thomaszewski , a nurse from the U of A Cancer Center, for being impressed to contact me to come join in the celebration of memories of this precious young man. She realized the need for me to come to honor the Aeyn along with the Welch & Wheat family that so graciously walked the road of grief along side of me back in 2006 when Timothy died suddenly.

This return weekend in Tucson that was the inspiration of Jackie & Brian Thomaszewski, was such a blessing that I needed to help me to continue gaining more closure for my son also.
I want to thank everyone that was involved in this wonderful service to honor the Aeyn we all loved. Thank you all for helping us to all share in our love & precious memories we cherish of Aeyn. Those memories will better sustain ech of us as we walk through this long road of grief we are embarking on.

My blessings and love to all the wonderful people that also loved Aeyn, his parents & sisters. And to then same wonderful people for extending that love to me when I returned to Tucson once again.

Jo Morris(aka: Tim's mom)
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January 11, 2011
I had the privilege and joy of being present when Aeyn (Peter) was born. Mary, you needed to sleep after his arrival in the "middle of the night" birth but we were too excited. Oh, what a funny boy he was. I've read all of the guest book entries. How loved he was by all. My love and tenderness to you, my dear friend, Mary, and to Gerry and Rebekah and family and Deborah.
Joanie Thompson
January 9, 2011
Dear Wheat and Welch families. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. You are all such amazing people. May God bring you comfort and peace to get you through the grief.
Laura Stewart
January 9, 2011
I knew Aeyn in Sedona when he was still Peter.... I am so sad about this! We worked together at this little coffee shop and Laughed for hours and hours together while working! I moved from Sedona and lost touch.... He was such an amazing person which such a kind heart and quick wit! I am so sorry for the families and friends of Aeyn. Even though I only knew him for three years I have always remembered him and been sad we lost touch! Now I find out he was on facebook all along! Aeyn "Peter"... I will think of you always and cherish the time we had together! xoxox
Kendall Wishnick Adams
January 7, 2011
Oh dear Mary, Gerry and family, many cyber hugs to you, prayers for peace and comfort now. I remember Peter's fun sense of humor back when we helped out with the youth.
love you,
Kathy Humphrey
January 7, 2011
Mary, Gerry and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. May our Lord comfort your hearts as only He can and give you peace.
Bill & Esther Hermann
January 7, 2011
My condolences to Aeyn's family!! Your son and brother was one of the most AWESOME individuals I have ever met!! I hope you were extremely proud of him...he was a sweet sweet person full of love, joy of life, and of spirit. I meet him as Peter about ten years ago and was drawn to his intense life spirit. I am and have been extremely blessed to have him bring joy and love to my life. When he moved from Austin to Arizona I so missed him. We were hoping to see each other soon - I wanted to hold him in my arms and tell him I loved him. I know all of his very many friends will miss his spirit and light...especially me!! My dearest Aeyn, you are safe now, at peace, with Tim and your father, and as promised I will find you again. All my love!! My heart goes out to all his family and friends - light a candle of love on his behalf.
David R. Durham
January 6, 2011
Dear Mary, Gerry, Rebekah, Deborah and families,

Dave and I send our love, thoughts and prayers. Although we never had the opportunity to meet Aeyn I think that he would have been neat and a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading of his love of life, care and concern for others and his endearing sense of humor. May the Lord wrap His arms around you at this time. Thinking of you - Love Dave and Glory
Dave & Glory Froines
January 6, 2011
Mary and Family; Your sorrow can't be counted, except by God. and He will bring you through it, as He has promised. My heart hurts for you at the loss of one so dear, but I know God must have needed him up there with Him. Rest assured he is free of pain and suffering now and serving our Risen Lord. Martha Butler
Martha Butler
January 6, 2011
Mary and Family

May the Lord hold you all tightly in His Arms and help you through these difficult days. I remember when you all first moved to Texas and being with you all. What a blessing.
Love you
Heather Jasik and Family
Heather Jasik
January 6, 2011
Our condolences to Aeyn's family. I remember him when he was in junior high student as bright, creative, outgoing, fun and full of grace. You'll be missed.
William Brown
January 5, 2011
Mary & Gerry & girls:
I just found out tonight from one of Tim's friends about Aeyn. I have cried my eyes out tonight because I loved him just like I did Tim and I knew his birthday was coming up on Friday. I had it marked on the calendar since the first year I met him. My heart goes out to you ALL for your loss. I KNOW how hard it is to give a child back to God.

I will call you later...Oh, how I wish I could be in Tucson this weekend. Please know how much you are all very loved and how much a blessing your SON brought into our lives!
Jo Morris (Timothy's mom)
January 5, 2011
Aeyn my Capricorn cohort you have left an empty place in my heart. I hope you knew how well you were liked, loved, and cherished. You made work fun and unpredictable. See you again some day.
Shelly Parker RN
January 5, 2011
People all over the world miss you, Aeyn.

... I don't have any more words right now.
Web Behrens
January 5, 2011
Dear Aeyn: You imparted grace and humility to those lucky enough to have met you; your goodness of heart is the standard. Thank you for spending some time with us.
K H Tzamouranis
January 5, 2011
My condolence to Aeyn's family and friends. He remains a gentle, kind spirit.
Tracey Sellers
January 5, 2011