Candy Lee Simmons, 70, of Belen, NM passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on November 18, 2020. She was born to Lorraine and Allan F. Simmons, Sr., on September 9, 1950, in Waukegan, IL.
Candy was a loving and extremely compassionate person to everyone and was cherished by so many. She cared deeply about neglected and abused animals and could never say "no" when one needed a home. Candy had a successful career in management, spending eighteen years, as the office manager at M & W in Belen. She was highly respected by customers and vendors alike. Chris would often say that the clients bypassed him just so they could be greeted by Candy's pleasant smile.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Allan and Lorraine Simmons and her older brother Allan Simmons, Jr. Candy is survived by her brother, Leonard Simmons and wife Ann, twin sister, Carol VanHorn and husband Luke. Candy and Carol shared a special bond throughout life always referring to each other as Ms. Lee and Carrie. Carol was quick to take on the role of the devoted "caregiver" to the end. Candy is also survived by Sisters Hazel Martinez and husband Chris, Lorraine Wilson who she always lovingly referred to as her "baby sister" and husband Harry, and sister-in-law, Bonnie Simmons, wife of her late brother Allan. Candy also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. She loved them all unconditionally and was especially close to Marlene who, throughout life, became the daughter she never had.
Candy regularly attended Calvary Chapel of the Rio Grande Valley and looked forward to the Lord's word delivered by Pastor Ray.
The family has chosen to follow the health guidelines in order to protect the health and well-being of their family and friends and will not have any public service at this time. We will, however, continue to celebrate Candy's life and forever cherish the special moments we all had with her.
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