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This past week we lost a dear friend. There are a few people who not only become your friend but change your life. Candice Derr better known as Candy was one of those special friends.

During the past few years she has owned and operated "The Red Store". And anyone who entered those doors could feel her special touch. I was blessed to have taken a couple of tours with her to collect her treasures and it was so much fun and a once in a lifetime experience for someone from "Paynes Creek" to see all the beautiful furnishings available at the markets. I was literally a kid with "Candy" at the Design Store.

Even though she rarely wore anything but black and white I will always remember her for color. She was genius for selecting just the perfect shade of the rainbow's palette for anything, whether that be the color to paint your kitchen or house, the subtleness of the blinds in your window or the tone of a blouse to match your eyes. She had a sixth sense of color and shared it freely, spending hours helping anyone in her path.

Her expertise to walk into a room and change the angle of two or three things could make a world of difference in the appearance of said room. Once when I had arranged my family room, seeking her approval, I awaited her opinion. In the sweetest way possible she showed me how I had created as she put it "eye pollution". And when she showed me a better way even I agreed with that statement! She had so many gifts and she was a gift to all of us that called her friend. Her word cloud includes: charming, generous, humble, fun, loving, caring, with just a little bit of spice thrown in for good measure.

When you are a kid you can never have enough Candy and alas, I feel the same way now about my lost friend – there just wasn't enough time with you! What I would give for just one more trip to market and to hear your laugh….just FYI I saved your last voicemail….because you always had something fun to say!


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