Candace E. Balma, 1945 – 2019: Lifetime Devotion to Family, Community

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Candace “Candy” Balma was born Nov. 23, 1945, in Redding, Calif., and went to heaven on May 8, 2019. She was educated at St. Joseph School, Shasta High School, and Shasta College. She was employed by the State of California for 37 years, and became a real estate agent in Redding after retirement.

Candy was an active member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, and a board member of North Valley Catholic Social Services. She was the Exalted Ruler at Redding Elks Lodge in 2017, and the 2011 Republican Woman of the Year for the Republican Women’s Club. She had also been a member of Soroptimists.

Candy Balma, Exalter Ruler of the Redding Elk’s Lodge.

Candy was predeceased by parents John and Frances Balma, her beloved son Ron Robertson, and her brother Stevie Balma. She is survived by grandson Stephen Nielsen, sisters Cindy McCasland and Mandi Kestel, brothers Jeff Balma, Ed Balma, and John Balma, brothers-in-law Lon McCasland and Mike Kestel, sister-in-law Alit Balma, nieces Colleen Kestel-Raidmae, Angel Balma, and Anela Balma, nephews Josh McCasland and JC Kestel, uncles Tom Hester and wife Barbara, and Rudy Balma and wife Margaret, numerous cousins including Trece Thompson, and many wonderful friends including Kay Williams and Luanne Gallagher.

Candy Balma with son Ron Robertson.

Services for Candy will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Redding on May 28th at 1:00 P.M. The color of the day will be pink. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph School Educational Foundation at 2040 Walnut Ave., Redding CA 96001.

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  1. Candy Balma was such a bright spot in this world. When I think of Candy, I think of her wide, beautiful smile, outlined in bright lipstick. She was so positive, so kind, so energetic, so interested in others. I remember her at the Elks Lodge events, working the room to say hello to everyone she knew, and introducing herself to those she didn’t.

    She was always dressed impeccably; a classy lady through and through. She was strong and sure and involved in the community, whether it was a member of Soroptimists, the exalted ruler of the Redding Elks Lodge or the Republican Woman of the Year. She was humble, respectful of others, and tactful.

    Most of all, when I think of Candy, I think of how much she loved her family, and how proud she was of her younger brother – “Johnny” – always asking if I’d seen John in his latest television acting performance.

    She was one in a million, and she’s missed already. Rest in peace, Candy.