Candy Handy, 66, of Del Mar, California, passed away February 3, 2013, at her home.
Candy is survived by her beloved and long term partner, Martin "Marty" Albert of Del Mar, Calif.; step-children, Kirk (Grace) Albert of Glendale, Calif., and Wendy DeMille (Donny Crosby) of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Dave Wylie of Larkspur, Colo.; nephew, Clayton (Marla) Wylie of Irvine, Calif.; her three grandchildren, Cecily, Addison and Tyler; one niece and nephew; and a special group of longtime friends that she considered family.
Candy was born in San Jose, Calif., to Harry Wylie and Helen McAdam on October 17, 1946. She was raised by Perle and Catherine Frazee of Syracuse, Kan. After earning a BA and MA from Adams State College, Alamos, Colo., and a second MA in Education from New Mexico State University in Las Cruses, N.M., she taught and lived in El Paso, Texas, Boston, Mass., Topeka, Kan., Syracuse, Kan., and Jackson Hole, Wyo., before taking up residence in Del Mar in 1984. Candy worked in education and special education for 30+ years, retiring from San Dieguito Union High School District as the WorkAbility Coordinator.
In addition to her family and friends, Candy was a great lover of animals and the outdoors. She was an avid adventurer and mountaineer. While at home in California she could often be found walking the beach at Del Mar, hiking the cliffs at Torrey Pines, or enjoying the vistas at Lake Tahoe. She held the people and areas of Jackson Hole and Syracuse close to her heart. Her annual international adventures with fellow hikers took her to each of the continents. Candy was also an advocate and warrior after being diagnosed with NETS in 2009.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for later in the spring at San Dieguito Park, a favorite spot that Candy enjoyed to take walks.
Memorial donations may be made to Caring for Carcinoid Foundation (www.caringforcarcinoid.org/donations
); Helen Woodward Animal Center, PO Box 64, RSF, CA 92067; or Hamilton County Hospital, PO Box 948, Syracuse, KS 67878 / Attn: Phyllis Horning, 1-620-384-7463.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to San Diego Hospice. Candy will remain in our hearts forever.