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On Friday, November 18, 2022, Candice “Candy” L. Gardner passed away at the age of 69.
Born on February 11, 1953 in Sacramento, Ca. to Burl and Helen Cowan, Candy was one of three daughters. She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1971 and studied legal services at the Merritt Davis School of Business in Salem, Oregon.
Candy had a passion for service, animals, and helping others, which was evident throughout her life. Her professional career spanned nearly five decades, including legal and administrative services, supporting her local volunteer fire department, and several years in the civil service, supporting senior staff in the United States Air Force. After receiving a Masters Certification in American Shamanism at the Four Winds Society in 2008, she continued her life of service to others through the teachings of holistic medicine.
Candy was preceded in death by her father, Burl and her mother, Helen. She is survived by her three children, Barbra Jill Marrero (Alex) of Dacula, Ga., Billy B. Gardner Jr. of Gainesville, Ga., and Brett B. Gardner of Decatur, Ga., and former husband, Billy B. Gardner Sr. of Buford, Ga.; her two sisters Klina Dupuy (Paul) of Issaquah, Wa. and Sandy Murphy (David) of Warner Robins, Ga.; her grandchildren Andrew Marrero and Katie Marrero both of Dacula, Ga.; her friend and partner Thomas Moore of Parsons, Tn. as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a private service for Candy at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Candy’s name to Deep Peace Trust animal sanctuary or Wounded Warrior Project.
Arrangements by Lumen Cremation, 7978 Coley Davis Road, Suite 101, Nashville, TN, 37221.
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