Candace Forsley
July 03, 2008
Kennebunk, Maine
 
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To be in her presence for a moment, you knew you were with an angel on Earth. Candace Forsley went home to be with the Lord on July 3rd, just before her 45th birthday.

Candace spent her life giving love and care to all people that she encountered; family, friends, and strangers alike. Growing up in Gray, ME, Candace spent a large portion of her time helping care for disabled veterans at Gray Manor. She later moved to Kennebunk, ME, where she continued her acts of kindness through her occupations. Candace was a steward of the Earth through her work at Tom’s of Maine and later went on to be a manicurist, providing in-home pedicure and manicure services for the elderly and disabled. As her mother aged, Candace dedicated her time to fostering a safe and healing environment in which her mother could enjoy her final years.

Candace’s unconditional love and support were given freely to all, and her faith in God guided her to counsel others. As a deacon at her church, Candace provided a compassionate ear to those who needed to heal and followed with sound advice for ways to move forward in God’s Word. This kindness extended well beyond church walls, and Candace was known to help forlorn-looking strangers find their way through difficult times. Personal accounts of Candace’s heroic efforts to improve the lives of others through small acts of grace are too many to be told here, but include helping store clerks pursue higher education, to helping single mothers persevere through trying times, to finding furniture and even automobiles for families in need. One of Candace’s favorite Bible verses reflects this dedication to help ease the suffering of her fellow man: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 John 3:16).

While these efforts are remarkable in themselves, Candace’s greatest achievements are her children, Ryan, Benjamin, and Abigail Fitzpatrick. They are truly outstanding individuals whose kind spirits brought their mother great joy. In her words, “My children are wonderful people with good hearts, and they are the fruits of who I am.”

During her life, Candace was faced with the knowledge that she would leave her dear family and friends earlier than she had expected. Diagnosed with third stage breast cancer in 2003, Candace fought her illness with an unparalleled fervor, surviving four more years than doctors expected. She was able to do this by listening to God’s Word and opening her heart to His love. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Even in her extreme illness, she made strides to reach out to others each and every day. Her optimism and happiness were contagious, and throughout her treatment, she brought smiles and laughs to the doctors and nurses, and some fought over who would care for her. Everyone who met her was inspired by her sweet nature, kind soul, and love for life.

Candace is predeceased by her mother and father, Agnes and Eli Forsley, and survived by her siblings, Fred, Richard, Alex, and Elizabeth Forsley. She is also survived by her children, Ryan, Benjamin, and Abigail Fitzpatrick, and her nieces and nephews, Jason, Desirée, Curtis, Eli, and Victoria Forsley.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 14th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk, ME. Services will follow at 6:00 pm at the Kennebunkport Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, ME. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Memorial of Candace Forsley to The Root Cellar (94 Washington Ave., Portland, ME, 04101). The Root Cellar’s cause was very important to Candace, and she had hoped to solicit donations for this cause prior to her death. Here is her letter to you:

“Dear Friends and Family,
As you may know, God has given me the unique opportunity to prepare for my journey to be with Him. While there are so many things that I would like to do before I go, there is one that I believe I can accomplish with your help.
In lieu of flowers at my funeral, I am requesting donations for The Root Cellar, of Portland and Lewiston, ME. The Root Cellar is a not-for-profit organization in Portland that provides food for those in need. In addition, they make efforts to serve the Lord and help others to do so. Feeding people, both physically and spiritually, has been very important to me throughout my life, and I hope my contributions will continue on into the future.
My goal is to raise $10,000.00. Yes, that does seem ambitious, but why not make my “last words” count? To commemorate the gift, I would like to have a plaque placed in the Root Cellar that reads, “In Honor of Fred Forsley, with love from your sister, Candace, and her friends.” Fred has done so much to make my life on earth the most amazing experience a person can know, and I would like to thank him for that in the only way I know how; by helping others feel that same sense of wholeness. It will bring me great joy to see this during my life, and I thank you for your help to make this dream a reality. Please know that your gift now will bring me more happiness than the flowers at my funeral.
I am truly blessed by my friends and family. I hope that we can come together at this time to share our blessings with others.
With love and sincere thanks,
Candace”

As you can see, Candace loved with her whole heart. Please honor her memory by doing the same in your daily lives.
 
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