Candace J. Merillat

July 28, 1981 ‒ December 02, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Candace J. Merillat, age 38, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.   She was born on July 28, 1981 in Mount Gilead, Ohio the daughter of Monty Miracle and Shelba Miracle.  Candace was a 2000 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and was recently employed with Armstrong Steel Erectors Inc. in Newark, Ohio.

It’s impossible to describe Candace in a simple obituary, but we could start by saying she was a ball of energy, a best friend, a coach, a mentor, someone that always brought a smile to your face, the life of the party or that one person you could always count on; but most of us would describe her as a loving and dedicated mother.  Candace was so many things to so many people, but those that knew her, know it was all motivated by the love she had for her children.

She was loved by many and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Candace is survived by her children; Tonya Merillat, Kate Merillat and Tyler Merillat all of the home; her parents; a brother, Damien Miracle and sisters, Krista Bartram and Kylee Miracle.

Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will be held on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Candace J. Merillat.

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  • We are so saddened by this news . Candace had such a beautiful smile and a big kind sweet heart. We lift up prayers of comfort and peace to all of the family.

  • Sending my prayers and condolences to her Family and friends. She was a great person and will be truly missed by everyone.

  • So very sorry for the loss of Candace! She will be missed! She was spunky and full of energy for sure! Just loved that lady! She coached my granddaughter Emma Stokes in softball and was a great coach and mentor to those girls! It saddens me she wasn’t on earth as long as we all would of liked! I’m sending many prayers to her family at this time? 🙏🏼

  • My husband and I met Candace thru our daughter Brooke. We loved when Candace would come over. Even at that young age she very energetic and so good with people. We loved her then and always will. Our thoughts and prayers are with her children and family.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Candace’s family and friends. I pray you can find peace and comfort during this difficult time. She was an amazing human being… always so kind, thoughtful, and sweet. She will be greatly missed by everyone who’s lives she touched.

  • Wow I can’t believe that she was a really wonderful person and a good friend I went to school with her and I can’t even believe that she is gone and Monty and dam I am so sorry for your loss

  • Prayers and love sent to her three children and family/friends. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Thoughts and prayers to Candace’s entire family and close friends during this difficult time. Candace and I graduated together from KCCC, COT Class of 2011. What a personality she was! Her smile was electric and pure life sprung from her eyes. One thing that anyone who knew her would tell you, she loved her children more than anything in this world. They were her constant joy and the loves of her life.

  • I did not know Candance well bit what I did know of her she was a great person. My son was friends with her daughter tonya. May god wrap his arms around you all. Rest In Peace candance .

  • My prayers go to the family, I did not know Candace personally but I have talked to many kids she’s coached and every single one loved her, you could see her smile from a mile away

  • Candace was a spitfire of energy and enthusiasm! She is an alum of the MVHS softball program and also helped coached. She loved softball and was always eager to help girls develop their skills. She will be missed! My thoughts are with her kids, the family, and her friends during this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Candace!
    Coach Lynn Apple

  • Oh Candace! What a bright spark & THAT SMILE!!! You will be greatly missed by all who knew you!!

  • In the short year that we have known Candace she was a true blessing. She and my grandson Nick loved each other so much. She told me they had talked all night, then said, “ we love each other”. The impact she had on his life will leave him in a better place since she got him interested in attending church with her. She said it is important to me. The last text she sent me tells how much he has grown in his spiritual journey. Thank you so much for impacting our lives, Candace. You children be sure to honor your mother for the special person she was. Love and prayers to the family. As she called me, Grammy

  • This is so unbelievable Candace was one of my first child hood friends we lost touch over the years but I often wondered how she was heaven definitely gained a beautiful angel fly high ❤️ gorgeous

  • I will always remember how much energy and excitement you had about everything you did. It’s been about 8 years since we hung out, you were always so much fun. My thoughts and prayers go out to the kids and Dave.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Candace’s positivity was contagious. She will be deeply missed.
    Amy, Mike, and Anna Whitaker

  • Candace was such a light and brought joy to so many. I count it a privilege to have met her, worked with her, and had her coach my daughter in softball. My thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with the whole family.

  • I met Candace last year on New Years Eve . As many know , meeting her for the first time , you knew she was special. I also know that her and my nephew made each other very happy . My heart breaks for her family and children. May god help you find peace and comfort

  • I was devastated when I heard the news that you were in the hospital. You are a great person and always had nice things to say about everyone. Your smile and enthusiasm would light up the room when you walked in. It was a pleasure coaching you. I could always depend on you doing whatever I needed you to do for the betterment of the team. You were an awesome coach that could really motivate your players to play at the highest level. Going to the ballpark will never be the same knowing that you will not be there anymore. You were an awesome mother to your children. Your love and support
    was undenying. If they only turn out half as good as you, they will still be awesome human beings. I Will always Love you and never forget you. Rest in peace Candace. Tom Ginger, Jr.

  • We all loved Candace so dearly, and I am so glad to have known her and that she really was a very precious love in my son’s life. Her infectious energy gave us all the drive to really live and enjoy life , and thrive at it. She would tell us to be as positive as we can be as we carry on like in the words of the British author Alistair Cooke :
    “In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway. So it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place: the opportunity to do good work, to enjoy friends, to fall in love, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby.”
    Until we all meet again someday,
    we’re sure gonna miss her♡
    With love, Lisa.M.Hollis