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“I knew Candy from the Fair as she volunteered for 20+ years. I'm the Information Volunteer Superintendent at the Iowa State Fair. She loved the...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Paula Barnes - ADEL, IA

“I worked with Candy at Bank of America. Her work ethic was amazing. I loved her sense of humor and the special way she looked at life. I admired her...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Dianne Carver - Ankeny, IA

“I worked with Candy at Bank of America. Her work ethic was amazing. Her customer service skills were even better. I loved her sense of humor and the...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Dianne Carver

“Sending love and prayers to you, Candy's family who she cherished! I will be coloring in her honor tonight♡ ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Lori Moore - IN - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss and send my condolences I worked with Candy at Mercy billing. We shared our books. Always had a good book to trade ....Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Beverly Lampe - Pleasant hill, IA

“She was a tough lady and dealt with life head on. There are lots of memories with her, but the one I'll cherish is her saying "It's always Marna" - ...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Marna Hurley - Des Moines, IA

“Wishing the family well during this difficult time. Candy will be missed. Her wit, humor, and her fighting spirit is missed. I am happy to have...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Kim Johnson - Ankeny, IA

“So sorry for your loss. I saw it in the DMR and was puzzled but yet I was not. I did not know Candy as a friend but she and her family had a...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Cindy Housman - Des Moines, IA

“I loved and miss her so much. She has been such an inspiration in my life. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Lisa Wright - West Des Moines, IA


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If you knew Candy, you knew that she was one of a kind. Her strong, independent, stubborn side could out shine anything life threw at her. She met every challenge, big or small, head on with no intent to back down. This meant firstly that her children were always taken care of and secondly that you WOULD use a coaster for your drink! The rules in her house were simple, but clear: No whining, no choking, and no eating family members. That last one mostly applied to the family pets. Some might say she was particular, but the lady knew what she liked and what she didn't! You never tapped her with your finger, if you knew what was good for you… and you ALWAYS used a coaster!

She was a fighter and also a friend. The lifelong friendships she formed were the result of her loyalty, sense of humor, fairness, sense of humor, honesty and did I mention sense of humor?! Her philosophy was: You can laugh about it, or you can cry about it. In an attempt to maintain sanity throughout the crazy journey that was her life, she chose laughter, most times. Many looked to her for advice because of this outlook. She was a great one to ask about a situation, because she was nothing, if not opinionated!

She loved to mess around in her garden, watch the birds, look up and cook new recipes (or make an old family favorite) and play games. Scrabble was her favorite! She loved puzzles and card games, like Phase 10. She was always working on a crossword puzzle or word search. She was always in the middle of a book and took it with her everywhere she went! She loved to color, while watching her shows and almost always had her candles going. She loved shopping at craft fairs and visiting wineries. She attended concerts often but the two big events she truly looked forward to each year were The Big Dig, at Spirit Lake Silver and Gold, and the Iowa State Fair!

There was no one like Candy. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed. I pray that her family and friends keep her memory alive every time they channel their sense of humor, use a coaster, see a lighthouse or a ladybug, find a new exciting recipe, plant a flower, or play games.

At her home, comfy in her own bed, the family said, "Candy M. Taylor! Will you please GO NOW!"
"The time had come... SO Candy WENT!"

We will celebrate her life at Adventure-Life Church on Thursday, July 16th at 10AM with a social distancing visitation, followed by a service at 11:00.

We ask that you please wear a mask.