OBITUARY

Candace Clark

November 11, 1952May 3, 2012

Candace Ann Clark was born on the 11th of November 1952, to Mr. and Mrs. I.E. Clark of Schulenburg. A resident of Houston most of her adult life, she died on the 3rd of May 2012, after an eight year battle with breast cancer.

Candace, affectionately called Candy by her family and friends, was a unique person with a great zeal for life, which she lived on her own terms. Her strong determination to battle breast cancer was mixed with her desire to make every moment count. She often used the expression, “When I go, I will have lived life to its fullest.”

Of the loves of her life, none equaled the maternal devotion given to her two daughters, Elizabeth and Emily. The joy of her later life came two and a half years ago with the birth of her beloved grandson, Landon.

Other passions included dancing and traveling. She was fortunate to have visited numerous destinations in America, Africa, Australia and Europe. Always wanting to help others, Candace reached out to many people in need, especially children. One of the projects of which she was most proud was the complete design renovation of an area for young people at the DePelchin Children’s Center in Houston. She also had a heart for stray animals, often finding homes for them. In addition to trying to improve the lives of others, she constantly searched for new avenues, both conventional and alternative, to curtail her own breast cancer.

In 1971, Candace graduated as salutatorian from Schulenburg High School, where she helped initiate the Shorthorn Belles dance team and served as its co-captain. She participated in the University Interscholastic League speech and one-act play competitions, where she received honors. Candace reflected the opinions of young people on current events in a weekly column, “The Candy Cane,” published in the Schulenburg Sticker. She achieved an honorary state degree from the Future Homemakers of America for an interior design project, which led to a future in this field.

She earned a degree in interior design in 1975 from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Candace was presented as an out-of-town duchess in the Austin Aqua Festival. She also was involved in helping underprivileged youth through Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Austin.

Upon graduation, she moved to Houston and entered the interior design field, working for two residential and commercial companies. Her design work featured in several Zeta Show Houses resulted in going out on her own in 1979. A member of the American Society of Interior Designers, she continued working through her company, Worthington Design, until the present.

Candace will be dearly missed by family members who survive her, especially her daughters, Elizabeth Worthington Palacios with her husband, Martin, and son, Landon, of Sugar Land; Emily Worthington of New York City; mother, Lila Clark of Schulenburg; sister, Robin Clark Hudnall of San Antonio with her husband, Clayton, daughter, Caroline, and son, Clark; other relatives and a multitude of friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Candace’s life is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 9th of May, at West University United Methodist Church, 3611 University Boulevard in West University Place.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held at a venue announced during the service.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in memory of Candace may be directed to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th St., Eighth Floor, New York, NY, 10022; the DePelchin Children’s Center, Office of Advancement, 4950 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX, 77007; or to the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX, 77024.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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Melissa Janik

May 12, 2012

Dear Lila Robin and Family,

I was so sad to hear of Candy's passing. I have such fond memories of her. Chuck now has a friend in heaven!

Melissa Janik

Natalie

May 11, 2012

Dear Lila & Robin, Candace (Kit Kat) lived her life with grace, kindness, and beauty through her daily actions. I extend my sympathy to your entire family during this time of loss.

Carol Canuteson

May 9, 2012

Lila and Family,
I was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Candy's passing. I will always remember her smiling face and sparkle from our days at SHS. My thoughts are with you.

Marilyn Lippman

May 9, 2012

Dear Lila, Robin, and Family,
I am so saddened to hear of your loss. I will remember Candy with the fondest of memories. My love and sympathy to you all.

Marilyn Meyer

May 9, 2012

My profound sympathy to Candy's family. She was a friend in S'burg, from elementary throughout high school, and I'm so very sad to hear of her passing. Peace be with you.

Barbara Bucek Moellenberndt

May 8, 2012

Dear Lila and Robin and family, You have my deepest sympathy as I can't imagine losing a child. She was always a joy to be around and will be missed.

Cherise DeRuiter-Dees

May 8, 2012

My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Clark, Robin and Candy's family. May God give you peace in this time.

May 8, 2012

Candace hired me quite a few years ago to take care of the bookkeeping for her business. I developed a great respect for Candace especially after she was diagnosed. She never let it get her down, always looking forward to the next day and new adventures. She was a tough woman, and was totally devoted to her mother and her children. I will miss her and wish to convey condolences to her friends and family.

Joe Hamilton

May 8, 2012

I wasn't in her class but she was always full of vigor and always smiling in the halls. I am sorry for your loss.

Darice Miksch

May 8, 2012

Mrs, Clark, Robin and family,
I was so sorry to hear that Candy's batte with Cancer was over. Know she's in a better place, my prayers are with you.