2017-03-16 / Obituaries

Kathleen ‘Kaye’ Candler


Kathleen Candler Kathleen Candler Kathleen “Kaye” Louise Beacom Candler, 92, died peacefully Thursday, February 23, 2017, in Harbor Springs, surrounded by her family. In 2003, she moved to northern Michigan, a place she deeply loved and where she imparted the love of nature and skiing to her daughters and grandchildren.

She was born August 12, 1925, to Ford Beacom and Annabelle Hessel in Pickford.

Following graduation from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, Mrs. Candler worked for American Airlines at Willow Run Airport. It was there she met Tom Candler. They were married October 4, 1952, and were together for nearly 40 years. They lived in Grosse Pointe, where they reared their three daughters. Mrs. Candler and her husband were involved in numerous community and civic organizations. They were longtime members of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, as well as the Bayview Yacht Club.

Mrs. Candler was a devoted and longtime volunteer at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She photographed the flower arrangements for Arts and Flowers, as well as volunteered in the graphic arts department and the gallery aids. She was instrumental in organizing the program, “Day Away with the DIA,” an outreach trip for DIA volunteers to experience art. In 2002, she was recognized for all her volunteer work and was presented with a 25-year service pin.

She was a master gardener. She loved animals, especially the many pets that populated her home. Her love of bird watching took her to many locales, where she enjoyed photographing them. Mrs. Candler grew up loving the natural world, sailing the waters by the Les Cheneaux Islands. She was noted for sailing her Star #73 sailboat during the summers at Hessel. Always a keen observer of nature, she developed a love of photography. She also enjoyed music, especially jazz, and played the coronet.

She is survived by three daughters and their families, Cynthia and Roger Gullickson of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Pamela and Steven Saftler of Seattle, Washington, and Susan and Rich Causley of Pickford, and grandchildren, Kathleen “Katie” Baubie and John Vincent II, Marjorie “Maisie” Baubie, Bryan and Sharyn Saftler, Thomas Causley, and Anna Causley.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Candler was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Candler; a son-in-law, Dr. William Baubie III, and a granddaughter, Lucy Causley.

A private burial will take place at Cedar Cemetery in Cedarville this summer.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Harbor Springs Public Schools, 800 South State Street, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, for the Lucy Causley Alpine Race Training Scholarship. Funds from this scholarship will go toward an annual scholarship to students who desire to improve their ski racing skills.

Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey assisted the family with arrangements.

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