Erin Michelle Wheeley
November 14, 1981-July 4, 2005
 
Erin Michelle Wheeley was a bright and vibrant 23-year-old in July of 2005. Having completed her studies at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, she was on her way to becoming an established pastry chef. In her short life, she had already been a head pastry chef for Yia Yia's in Germantown, as well as being one of a few pastry chefs for Princess Cruise Lines in Alaska. She was a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin, a beloved aunt, and a friend to anyone she came across. She had a love for anything having to do with "Winnie the Pooh". She was particularly proud of being an aunt to nieces Ryan and Sophie, and was looking forward to the addition of another niece or nephew the following year.

Erin was working at Jason's Deli as a manager while pursuing other pastry chef positions. The employees at Jason's Deli loved her and she truly loved being there with them. To this day, the location where she was employed has a memorial for her on their wall.

After a long day at work on July 3, 2005, Erin decided to attend a friend's Independence Day BBQ that evening. After making plans to meet up with her sister, brother-in-law, and nieces the following night, Erin stayed at the BBQ until about 1 am. She had not been drinking, but she did tell her dad that she was very sleepy when she called to let him know she was on the way home.
Sadly, Erin never made it home. She fell asleep at the wheel and ended up running into a group of trees. She was less than a mile from home. Her family will never be the same. She is missed each and every day. It is the fervent prayer of her family that people will become aware of the dangers of driving while drowsy.

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." Philippians 1:3