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AMHERST - Candace (Watson) Burnham, 64, of Amherst and Marco Island, Fla. passed away Nov. 28, 2012, with her beloved husband Kenneth by her side.
Candy was born in Winchester to her adoring parents, George Allan (deceased) and Marjorie Watson. She graduated from Danvers High School in 1966. She continued her mother's legacy by being named Miss Marsha Jordan, and was a model for the Jordan's department store. In 1968 she received her associate's degree in art from Lasell Junior College.
After college, Candy began her six-year career as an airline stewardess by first flying for Northeast Airlines, then Delta after the two merged. She married her high school sweetheart Kenny in 1973. They resided in Amherst, where he worked at the University of Massachusetts and she focused on raising her two children, Sarah "Sadie" and Geoffrey.
During this time she earned her real estate broker's license and had a small business selling her hand-painted apparel. For 15 years, Candy worked as a voice and walk-in receptionist for the UMass Undergraduate Admission Office. She took great pleasure in knowing that she was the first voice and face to welcome prospective students and their families to UMass.
Candy's survivors include her mother, Marjorie Watson, mother-in-law Eleanor Burnham, sister Stephanie Watson, husband Kenneth, daughter Sarah, son Geoffrey, daughter-in-law Marzena, and granddaughter Laura.
Candy will be remembered for her friendly personality, passion for her family, love of her dogs, her creativity and artistic talent, and of course, her tireless devotion to the Red Sox. A private family remembrance will be held in Marco Island, Fla. The family is grateful for the wonderful support of the Alzheimer's Support Network of Naples, Fla. and Avow Hospice of Naple and asks those interested in providing remembrance to consider supporting these organizations in Candy's name.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 3, 2012