Candida Lee Osborne

August 12, 1947 ‒ June 08, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Candida “Candi” Lee Osborne, 71, of Delaware passed away Saturday morning, June 8th, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born August 12th, 1947 in Wooster, Ohio, the daughter of the late Marilyn E. & John W. Eshelman. Candi attended and later graduated from Newark High School in 1966, while there she was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and a member of the Glee Club. She would then go on to be a banker, working for several banks within Delaware County before her retirement in 2003. Being a people person and a self-proclaimed “Busy Body”, retirement did not fit her very well. She decided to go back to work for the Delaware County Bank, where she worked an additional 12 years.  Candi was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware for over 22 years. She was co-director of the Miss Delaware County Scholarship Pageant and a supporter of the Miss Ohio Pageant. She also volunteered with the Little Brown Jug and numerous other Delaware activities.

Candi was a magnet; everyone was drawn to her, and her personality. Candi never met a stranger. She enjoyed swimming, shopping, interior decorating, and traveling to Amish Country with her girlfriends. Her family was everything to her, especially her grandkids and her loving husband of 35 years.

She is survived by: her husband; L. Edward Osborne Jr., daughters; Amy (Becky Keller) Applegate, Carrie (Rob) Dayton; step-children; Susie (JJ) Fleeger, and Christopher (Tracey) Osborne, grandchildren; Hunter (Emily) Channell, Noah (Ainslee) Patten, Nick (Peyton) Patten, Henry Dayton, Christopher (Rebecca) Fleeger, Alex (Tiana) Osborne, sister; Sharon (Butch) Miller, nieces and nephew; Jennifer (Dan) Galiher, Mindy (Ron) Drummond, and John (Emily) Miller, along with numerous other nieces, nephews, special friends and fur-kids Sophie and Lilly.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 17th at 1:00 pm at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015, with Rev. Fr. Kevin Kavanagh officiating. A memorial gathering and luncheon, provided by the St. Mary bereavement committee, will follow the mass in the Snyder- Rodman Community Room, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask for memorial contributions to be directed towards the Delaware, Morrow or Licking County Animal Shelter or your local Hospice organization in her name.

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  • I am so sorry that you lost your wonderful mom. She was a great neighbor and loved our conversations about you girls and my girls. May God grant you peace at this time and know she was welcomed into heaven with open arms. Love to you all💕

  • Sharon, I’m so sorry to hear of Candys passing. My heart goes out to you. Praying for you & your family. I wish I could be there for you.

  • Ed, Girls & extended family,
    What a wonderful friend I met when I moved to Delaware…I’m Blessed to have known Candi & will remember her with laughter & joy in my heart. My prayer for each of you is for comfort & peace through our Lord & Savior JESUS.
    Sandi Dinovo

  • Ed…Sharon…Amy…Carrie and families…

    I think of you all daily and pray. Aunt Candi was simply the best. A wonderful smile, sense of humor, warm heart and completely selfless. I am so thankful to have been with her and you all. She was loved and well thought of by many and I hope that brings some comfort. How blessed we are to have a bit of Aunt Candi within us all.

  • I’ve been friends with Candi for over 40 years. I will never forget all the wonderful times we had together. It has saddened me deeply to lose such an amazing lady – Someone as special as Candi will never be forgotten. She will remain in our hearts forever. Rest in peace my dear friend. Until we meet again.

    Lula Maddox

  • Oh my the times we had working together from First National Bank to National City Bank so so many funny and good times. You were a wonderful person and a devoted friend. You were always so good to my mom. Thank you for the person you were we will all miss you so much. RIP my dear old friend

  • Amy and Carrie so sorry for your loss, She loved her girls and grandchildren our prayers and thoughts are with you

    Rick and Barbara Moore

  • So sorry for your loss. I used to work with Candi at National City Bank on Central Avenue. She was a great lady and will ne missed.

    My daughter Dani (Mullins) Miller used to babysit her grandsons when she was in high school.

    Rest in peace.

  • Amy. Darrah and I are so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time. May God bless you all. ReNea and Darrah

  • Candi was a special friend to me for 35 years. After my husband died she made me part of her family.I love her family and I am praying for them. I will miss her for the rest of my life.

  • I worked with Candi for 5 years at BancOhio and I can only smile when I think of all the shenanigans that involved Candi – she was always the center of the fun – and almost 35 years later – I still think of Candi with a smile. Over the years I would run into Candi out and about and always got a hug and some laughs.
    My thoughts and prayers go to all her beloved family – Knowing Candi loved with all her heart and lived life to the fullest every day for all of you. You all are truly blessed to have had such a wonderful Woman in your life.

  • Candi’s Family…
    Words cannot describe the relationship Candi and I had for over 60 years…we ran around in Jr/Sr. High school and after graduation, in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority until she moved from Newark to Delaware…. We didn’t keep in touch for a few years but when there was a HS reunion, she would appear and had wonderful stories to tell! After our 50th reunion, we stayed in touch, got together with old HS buddies for dinners, etc. . When I became ill in 2018, she would either call/text me every other day to see how I was. A visit while I was in the nursing home last October 2018, meant the world to me . I will miss her dearly as she was a friend like no other friend. She is one friend that will remain in my heart forever. May all of you know how blessed you are to have had this wonderful, dear one, in your lives. Rest in peace, Candi, I love you….


  • Candi always had a way with words. She could make a person laugh from just standing beside her. She had so many stories and memories she brought to life when she shared them with co-workers and friends. Always up to the plate for a joke she was the ring leader usually when we all gathered at her home for a staff Christmas party. Many a time was shared with great food and mostly great company. Thank you Candi for the compassion and great care you always poured over those you worked with and those you cared deeply for; we are better people from knowing you. I will always hear your laughter and see those ever so bright blue eyes shining back at me. Till we meet again.

  • To the family:
    Thanks so much for sharing your sweet Candi with us all. I can’t put into words how much she meant to me. She was always the light on a dreary day at work, she always made me laugh and always knew what to say. I spent many a first Fridays with her after work and they will never be the same. My love to you all. Till we meet again.