The oldest of four siblings and mother of three, Candace Shagley was the cornerstone of her family. Born on March 30, 1946, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Frank L. Johnson and Lucille Backer Johnson, Candy first attended St. Patrick School where she met her husband, and love of her life, Rick, in the first grade. She graduated from Schulte in 1964 and attended Indiana University. She then left to follow her entrepreneurial drive and opened her own successful business, The Rocking Chair, in downtown Terre Haute. First of its kind, Candy set a trend with this upscale boutique by offering elegant women’s clothing and accessories.
Candy was a tremendously gifted artist who worked with pottery, paint and mixed media; oftentimes generously giving her beautiful work to family and friends. Candy was known for her artistic spirit and carried it throughout her entire life. She was fortunate to travel the world with Rick, visiting countless museums and sharing her passion through an incredible collection of posters highlighting unique exhibits. This tremendous talent could be seen in her other hobbies, both as a home decorator and gardener. In addition, Candy was also an avid reader and enjoyed watching old films.
Candy had a keen sense for providing joy for those in her life, particularly to her family, whom she adored with immense and unconditional love. Candy was also admired and loved by a devoted group of friends, many of those relationships having been created through St. Patrick’s. She was the most generous host, every weekend spent poolside with family and friends, making sure everyone was fed with the most delicious snacks and meals. Whether a stranger or friend, all were made to feel welcome at the Shagley home. Candy also created a welcoming home in Bradenton, FL, spending winters just a few doors down from her brother Mike, where she loved to entertain for the holidays. If you were lucky enough to be there, you understand the specialness that was Candy. Her attentive and affectionate mindfulness to make you feel significant and loved was unlike any other. All our lives are better for being wrapped in her warm embrace, and experiencing her truly infinite love.
If friends should so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, 200 South 8th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807 or by clicking below for one of the following funds: