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Candace Cay Ayers

June 28, 1955September 3, 2021

Springfield, IL-Candace Cay (Kruger) Ayers, 66, of Springfield, passed away on September 3, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was preceded in death by more than 4,531,799 others infected with covid-19. She was vaccinated but was infected by others who chose not to be. The cost was her life.

Candy was born on June 28, 1955 in Mobile, Alabama, the daughter of Thomas and Beverly Kruger. Candy was an Air Force brat and lived a short time in Okinawa, Japan where her father was stationed on a military base with her mother. She married Terry Gene Ayers on October 7, 1978.

Candy graduated from Pawnee High School in 1973. She was an orthodontic assistant for Drs. Sternstein, Bernardy & Groesch for many years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to raise her children. After her children were grown, she went back to work for five years at St. John’s Prairie Heart Institute at the Cardiac Cath Lab.

Candy enjoyed most importantly: Her cup of morning coffee. It had to be the very first thing that touched her lips in the morning and there was never a day that there wasn’t a pot brewing. She loved her soap operas and reality tv and has passed that addiction onto her daughter. She also had a fine knack for speaking her mind, a great eye for detail, an amazing ability to organize, and was quite possibly the best mom, wife, and Gagi in the entire world.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 43 years, Terry of Springfield; her children Marc (Samantha) Ayers of Springfield, and Amanda Foster and her triplet 5-year-old grandchildren Andie, Daniel, and Charlotte Foster of Springfield who were the loves of her life.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, Springfield. A private memorial service will be held by immediate family per her last wishes.

Memorials may be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, 8815 Conroy Windermere Rd, Suite 309, Orlando, FL 32835 or to The Humane Society of the United States, Dept. HACDQ100904001, 1255 23rd St NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 or online at .


  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, Help Fight RA
  • The Humane Society of the United States


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Candace Cay Ayers

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kathy fischer

October 6, 2021

Marc and family: I am so sorry to hear that your mother's death could have been prevented. I applaud her, and you, for your courage to take this opportunity to educate people that anti-vaccers and refusal to wear masks put others at risk -- it's not simply a matter of personal freedom. My sincere condolences.

Angela Gibbs

September 29, 2021

Dear Terry, Amanda, & Marc & family, this is NOT a fake nice message🙂. I just read another article about your sweet mother’s death & your family’s courageous action to call out the fiction by telling the truth about Covid & the effectiveness of the vaccine. I’m disgusted at myself for not writing sooner. I belong to so many pro vaccine groups who call out the liars all day long. Ashamedly, I don’t believe we’ve thought how important it is to provide support to those doing the right thing, like you & your family. So THANK YOU. And I’m so very sorry for your loss of your mother & wife. Her death was 100% caused by vile anti vaxxers. I’m so glad your family publicly called it out. I’ve told my family that if Covid claims me, name names & call out those who willfully contaige!!💪💕Thinking of you during this sad time of grieving. Angela Gibbs

Gins Lewis

September 28, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Hoping your memories will bring you peace. 🌹

What they aren’t telling us, Vaccine wears off at 6months.

Ranee Nelson

September 28, 2021

First of all so sorry for the loss of your love one..💔💔💔💔 I know just how ya feel. In January my father & myself both where infected with dad was hospitalized, I was at home, but a few time thought I was going to die, or I should call ambulance to go to hospital but someone had to take care of the cat & dog.. my dad passed after only being there like 10 days... We had a full honors military funeral for him, but I was scared & still scared to be around people & I am fully vaccinated. I do know I can still get it, plus I have underlining health issues... I still wear my mask & watch were I go.

Noel Cameron

September 27, 2021

I’m so sorry that you lost a vibrant, beautiful wife, Mother and Grandmother. She was much too young to expire. Her obituary is thoughtfully written expressing a truth many avoid. I applaud your courage. Grief comes in waves, when you least expect it…may God bless all of you as you grieve. May the rich memories of her life sustain each of you.

Anne Smith

September 27, 2021

To the family of Candace Ayers, I am writing to offer my condolences as I don’t have a memory to share. I thank you very much for the words you chose to write your wife’s, mother’s, obituary. I have cancer and am navigating daily life carefully. Too many people don’t care about those who are vulnerable. It is hard to believe how cruel strangers have been to you, but I thank you for saying what needed to be said. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Anne Smith

Deb LaPaugh

September 27, 2021

Thank you for the heart felt sentiments. I am sad that people feel its okay to abuse others for their beliefs and especially at this time if loss. Take care.

Erica M.

September 26, 2021

This was a beautifully written obituary. I didn't know Candace before reading about what happened, but now I will never forget her. She will always be remembered for being part of the solution to get us out of the Pandemic--not part of the problem.

My deepest condolences. 🤍

Anonymous Citizen

September 20, 2021

I want to send my sincere condolences to the family of this lovely lady. I, too, have recently lost a loved one to COVID-19 and it's just brutal! I'm so sorry for your loss! I lost my 1 year old grandson to the Delta variant two weeks ago. He contracted it from his grandfather who had been vaccinated and shed the virus on to my precious little angel. I pray that you are able to find peace, as we are still struggling to.

Katrina S

September 19, 2021

I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. I read the obituary and I also have a similar disease that makes me susceptible and this hit very close to home. No family should have to go through this over something g that was preventable. May your family find peace in love and memories.