February 22, 1937 ~ December 14, 2003

Born in: Ordway, Colorado,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Edward Moya, 66, passed away at his home December 14, 2003 calmly, gracefully, as was his soul's intention. He died a hero. Survived by wife, Sandra Hunter, step daughter, Jillian Hunter Charlifue, dear mother Virginia Moya, daughters. Kim, Julie, grandchildren, sisters May Tanguma, Angela Algiene; brother in law John Hunter (Susan), and extended family. Ed waged a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer. Given several weeks to three months to live, he set out to fight, surviving over 19 months and led an active, quality life until very recently. A miracle. Much gratitude to Ed's cousin Jerry Pena for driving Ed to the University of Colorado, cousin Bob Pena for frequent calls of cheer, niece Shirley Montoya for unfailing support, and brother in law, John Hunter, for daily visits with Ed and driving him to the University of Colorado. Thanks to Dr. Scott Holden, University of Colorado, who joined Ed in an aggressive battle using clinical trials to give him additional time while forwarding research. Also to Dr. Greg Berens who offered wisdom, faith, and good cheer to the end. A memorial dinner is to be held at a later date. No services will be held in keeping with Ed's decision that the time to pay one's respects is when the person is alive and aware- when it truly matters to one who is ill. Tomorrow isn't promised to anyone, not the young nor old. Today may be your last chance to not let words go untold. If you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? If tomorrow never comes, you could regret the day That you didn't take the time for a smile, a call, a kiss Too busy to grant someone what you know they miss. Say 'how do you feel?', 'anything I can do?', or 'it's okay'... And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about this day. Pancreatic Cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer in the America. It has a 99% mortality rate, striking approximately 30,000 Americans each year, and each year 30,000 people die. Life expectancy is 3 to 6 months. Research is limited by lack of interest and funding. The federal government invests less money in this cancer research than in any other cancer. Donations can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714, or in care of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors. Contributions can also be made by credit card, dialing 1-866-789-1000.

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  1. Sandy,
    I’m so very sorry the “green stuff” wasn’t even given a chance. He did die with all his dear ones around…..in peace. For that we have to be very thankful.Peace dear, I do know exactly what you are feeling!’Hugs,
    Bea

  2. Sandy,
    I am so sorry for your loss and wish there was something that I could do to ease your pain.
    Looking at Ed’s picture and reading your words about him on the J.H. Pancreatic Cancer Message board, I must agree that he was beautiful. So are you Sandy to share your hopes, dreams and in the end your sorrow with all of us. I always looked for your posts since my sister was dx on Memorial Day this year. My prayers are for you and your family now. CaroleC

  3. Sandy,
    I admired your strength and courage throughout Ed’s illness. Have no regrets and know that his love and memory will live forever in your heart.

    Suzy from the PC Board

  4. Sandy, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Special thoughts and prayers sent you way May God bless you with peace and comfort Hugs Lillie

  5. Dear Sandy and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Ed. He fought the battle with the best possible support by his side, Sandy. My thoughts and prayers will be with you for the rough times ahead.

  6. Dear Sandy..
    What a handsome guy..and what a beautiful memorial. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you..Love Ray and Sue

  7. Hello Sandy and family. Your precious Ed is with our awesome Father this sacred season. What a blessing it would be to hear Christmas with angelic hymns! Blessings to everyone.
    Evelyn

  8. Fred started his battle with PC the same time your Ed began his fight, May 2002. Even though I posted not as often as I wanted to, I always kept abreast of Ed. I always looked for Sandy H on the JH website. Fred continues his fight, but the fight is getting harder. God Bless you and your family. If ever you are in New York City, please give me a call. My number is 212 996 3507.

  9. I wish i wasn’t so ill as to not be able to say goodbye to you in person uncle.
    but memories from your early baseball playing days to the butt kickings you gave when we used to play snooker will always remain happy in my heart.
    May God bless you with everlasting life. I love you.
    LAWRENCE ALGIENE

  10. Sandy, How wonderful it was to see Ed’s handsome face after reading about him. He was a hero, and you a heroine. The two of you truly found a way to fight the cancer and to live your lives, and help others. I am so very sad about the loss of Ed for you, for Jillian, for Ed’s children, and for the relatives. Claudia

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today and always. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.
    Your very special to us,
    Love, Chris,Jody and Cheryl

  12. Dear Sandy; My deepest sympathies and condolences are with you and the family. What beautiful words you chose for your “courageous” and handsome man. You two made an awesome team and “gave it your all”. No rock was left unturned and that is a testament to your love for each other. We enjoyed having the opportunity to see Ed’s picture. Thank you for sharing him with us. May Ed now rest in eternal peace and may God be with you and give you his love and strength through the days ahead.
    Love, Ed & Sandy Lumbert

  13. Dearest Sandy

    We are so terribly sorry for your loss, and so sad that PC robbed us of the opportunity to get to know your wonderful, brave Ed.

    As I followed your posts on the JH board, your herculean efforts to help Ed fight this sinister monster demonstrated the depth of your love for your husband and your own incredible strength of character.

    I hope in the difficult days ahead that you will find comfort and peace in the knowledge that you did everything that was humanly possible for Ed.

    Thank you for sharing some of Ed’s peaceful transition day -so many of us were with you in thoughts and spirit.

    Much love to you and Jill
    Trish, Aunt Ronnie and Suzanne

  14. Sandy, I am thinking of you all the time-I can only imagine how difficult it is to have the role of 24/7 caregiver suddenly cease. You have fought this battle like a warrior for Ed-and yet did it with love, all along. My heart goes out to you and Jill. Please know you can count on me-Marj

  15. Hello darlin’–just stopped by to see your picture again-have my own but always good to see it here. Missing you so. I love you. And you say..”and I you”. Love, Sand

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