Candy Hawkins

September 03, 1947 ‒ April 29, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Lenore “Candy” Hawkins, age 67, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 surrounded by her family.  She was born in Detriot, MI, on September 3, 1947 to the late George and Leonora (Paul) Muko.

A 1965 graduate of Elyria Catholic High School, Candy earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from The Ohio State University.  In addition to raising her three children, she worked as an adult education career counselor at The Knox County Career Center.  Joining Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services in 2002 as the Associate Vice-President of Organizational Development and Education, Candy created innovative programs that enabled hundreds of employees to better their lives professionally and personally.  Retiring after 10 years of service, she enjoyed traveling with family and friends, cooking for her family, and spending time at Lake Erie.  Candy demonstrated an unwavering positive attitude and was always there to lend an ear and give sound advice.  She was a cherished mother, sister, aunt, and friend.  Her grandkids were the light of her life.  “Nana” always enjoyed planning many fun activities that her grandchildren will remember always.  Candy was also an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon.

She is survived by her children, Bryan (Cheryl) Hawkins of Mount Vernon,  Jennifer (Chad) Gooding of Canton, Todd (Kelly) Hawkins of Mount Vernon, and their father, Bruce Hawkins; grandchildren, Jaden, Micah, Noah, Isabella, Carter and Quinn; a sister, Sharon (Gene) Henderson of Elyria; nieces, Erin (Brenden) Astley, Gina (Jeff) Prescott; nephews, George Henderson, Kent (Tonya) Hawkins and Brad Hawkins.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015 beginning promptly at 10:30 AM at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 100 E. High St. Mount Vernon, OH 43050.  Friends may visit from 9 AM till time of service, with The Rev. David Kendall-Sperry officiating.  Directly following the service, friends and family may gather at the Mount Vernon Country Club:8927 Martinsburg Rd, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, for food and fellowship from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made in Candy’s name to:  American Cancer Society Central Region-Knox:  5555 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43017.

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  • Candy was one of the best friends that I have ever had and a gracious wonderful lady. My children and I loved her dearly and she will be sadly missed my all thosed that loved her.

  • Candy was such a special person. She was so gracious and thoughtful of others. I will miss her. Prayers for her children and grandchildren.

  • Its always so hard to say that final goodbye, but she will missed by many. May she rest in peace.

  • Brian, Todd, and Jennifer, and families-Your mother was a special person both professionally and personally. Her smile was contagious and she was always gracious.
    She was a real encourager to our son while she was still at the Career Center as she helped him write his resume. She built his self-confidence as she talked with him. And I know she did that for hundreds of others in her career.

    May God grant you His perfect peace at this time of your loss.

    Hugs to you all, Nancy Holtrey

  • Candy was an inspiration to many people. She touched so many lives and one of the first people I met in my chamber work that made a lasting impression with me. Candy’s warm smile and helpfulness will always be remembered. My condolences to her family and friends.

  • Dear Brian, Jennifer and Todd,
    I met your mother many years ago when you went to the Gambier Cooperative Nursery School. She was a wonderful person, full of fun and laughter. She was a person who would roll up her sleeves and help, no matter what the job. She will be greatly missed by many people in this community. Please know how much she was respected for her professional expertise and loved for her giving, helpful spirit. My sincere sympathy for your loss, Theresa

  • Candy and I had a special rapport with each other as we both served on the Vestry and as Lay Eucharistic Ministers at the same time at St. Paul’s. She is missed by all.

  • Our prayers and sympathy are extended to you all during this very tough time of loss, but fulfilling time of celebration of an amazing woman and mother who made this world a much better place.

  • Todd sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I can’t remember a time that I saw her she wasn’t smiling! You and your family are in Jim and my thoughts and prayers

  • Jennifer, Todd & Bryan,
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers……
    As I think of my Dearest friend, I smile because she was always full of life. Always smiling, laughing and holding family and friends close to her heart. Anyone who met Candy along the way, knew she was Special…a person to enjoy and love.
    We Thank You Candy for crossing our path and extending your hand in friendship to us for so many years.
    I whispered to you, “You would be Forever in my Heart”
    Until we meet again, Keep me close.

  • “Big” Brian, Jennifer & Todd,
    Remember your mother in a very special way…..remembering all the good times we shared on Kester Drive. She is a very special lady and will be missed.
    Love you all,
    Rick, Jo, Christi, Kelly & “little” Brian

  • Always a smile!
    Brian, Jennifer, and Todd very sorry for your loss.
    Paul and I always appreciated and loved you and your family for your support and ministry at St. Paul’s

  • Dear Bryan, Jennifer and Todd and your families, your mother was such a special person in all our lives. She always was fun to be around and made everyone comfortable. We loved our Januarys when we would send each other Valentine surprises trying never to be caught. We first met her when Bryan and our Brian were in preschool together. So many good memories. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and hearts. God bless you all.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and always. Candy was such a special person and would light up any room when she would walk in. I’ll always remember how sweet and caring she was. Love and strength to you and your family!

  • I will always remember Candy as a loving and caring person. I came to know her when she was a member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lewis Center, OH during the past few years. She trained under myself and Kathy Summers to be a Stephen Minister, a ministry well suited to her. She was a faithful Stephen Minister, always attending our meetings with her wonderful and warm smile. Candy also served as an acolyte while at St. Andrew’s. I never heard Candy complain once during the time I knew her. In fact, she was always concerned about everyone else’s well being. I am sure that the Lord welcomed her into heaven with His open arms. She is now where there is no more pain or suffering.

  • To all of Candy’s friends and family:

    I echo what Sarah Fabian wrote above about Candy. I was a Stephen Minister with Candy and didn’t know her long, but liked her the minute I met her. She was a delight, and I remember her positive attitude, never complaining and always optimistic through all her difficult times. She will be remembered by so many people for the lovely person she was. Blessings to all of you.

  • Candy-We will miss you dearly, but we will always hold in our hearts your caring nature and such fine memories. Your smile and laughter were contagious to those around you.
    May you rest in Heavenly Peace,
    Dave and Cheryl Feasel

  • Though words are hard to find, we send you our deepest condolences and our hope that the memories of your kind and smiling mother, sister, grandmother will bring you comfort.

  • Chad and Jennifer,
    Just a message from home to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. By reading the other comments that we’re made here,your mother must have been a very exceptional person and what a legacy she will have left for you.

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss. Candy was a lovely lady and has a beautiful family as her legacy. My condolences to all her friends and family. She was so lively and fun, I know she will be missed. Peace and love to all.

  • To the whole family-
    We are so sorry to hear about Candy’s passing. Although we hadn’t seen her in a while, we continue to hold memories of the family fondly in our hearts. Living two doors away and through the several years Jennifer babysat our boys, we came to know you all. Candy was a wonderful mother and friend. Hold tight to each other and share your memories and stories. Peace will come.

    Love, Michael, Laura, Dylan and Ethan

  • Everyone who had the priviledge of knowing Candy I’m sure would agree that she was a wonderful person. She was always so kind to everyone, she always had a smile on her face. She personified grace. I will forever remember her sharing her own personal stories and advice to Bert and I when we got married. When she helped me navigate through my own decision to pursue an education. The sweetest person. Our prayers are with you all who loved her and will miss her the most.


    Bert, Claudia, Alexa, David and Ethan

  • We just learned today of Candy’s passing. We will always cherish the many special memories we shared with Candy and Bruce and we are so sorry for your loss. Love and Hugs to all of your wonderful family.