Candice Devlin

Candice DevlinCandice Sue “Candy” (Austin) Devlin of Lansing, Michigan and Plant City, Florida passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at the age of 70 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Candy was born on July 9, 1950, in Lansing, Michigan, to Leonard and Ruth Austin.  Candy was a 1968 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School where she excelled and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Candy found her perfect match over 50 years ago when she met her husband, Craig Devlin.  They shared the same mindset; work hard and enjoy life to its fullest.  Candy and Craig always had a project they were working on and with their combined talents they remodeled and built many beautiful homes.  Their biggest project/adventure began in 1989 when they purchased Cooper Body Shop.  They both put endless hours into all aspects of the business and took it from a small shop with 4 employees to the successful six-building complex it is today with 19 employees.

Candy was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Anyone could see how beautiful she was on the outside, but those of us fortunate enough to know her could see the real beauty was in her heart. Candy’s endless talents included carpentry, remodeling, painting, decorating, gardening, landscaping, sewing, to name just a few.  She took great pride in her work and she never left a project unfinished.

When not hard at work or remodeling a home, Candy enjoyed traveling the country with Craig as well as spending time in Northern Michigan and Florida.  Along their journeys, they developed an incredible group of friends who Candy enjoyed spending time with whether it be traveling or meeting for their weekly dinner out.  Candy always looked forward to her annual trip to Saugatuck with her sisters and nieces; it was a special time for “just the girls” with lots of fun and laughter.  More than anything, Candy cherished the time she spent with family and friends.

Candy is survived by her husband, Craig Devlin; sisters Joan Austin of Lansing, Michigan, Trudy (Robert) Sessa of Clearwater Beach, Florida, and Debra (Kevin) Carmody of Eaton Rapids, Michigan; stepdaughters Kim (Jeff) Garczynski of Brighton, Michigan and Kelli Quiroga of Mason, Michigan; sister-in-law Pam (Chuck) Hawkins of Lansing, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. She will be deeply missed by all, especially her “kids” Scooter and Sissy.

Candy was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Ruth Austin.

A celebration of Candy’s life with her family and friends will take place at a later date.

Those who wish to make a memorial contribution may do so in loving memory of Candy to the Capital Area Humane Society.

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Paul and Debbie Gentilozzi
May 3, 2021 at 11:10 am

We are so sorry to hear about your loss!
Prayers for your comfort. Candy was a very
special lady! Always kind and gracious!

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Claudia Smith and Leon Church
May 4, 2021 at 2:48 pm

Leon and I are very sorry to hear about Candy. She was a great lady and I enjoyed working under her at the Shop. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. She is at peace

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Dave Hadley
May 4, 2021 at 10:25 pm

A wonderful Lady with a smile that would kite up the room. My deepest sympathy for Craig.

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Laura Farhat
May 4, 2021 at 10:28 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Candy’s passing. She was a very special lady with a big heart and one of the kindest people I have ever met. I did Candy‘s hair before I started selling real estate, and she was always a bright spot in my day when I got to see her. Truly beautiful inside and out. May her soul Rest In Peace.

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Carolyn Payson
May 5, 2021 at 7:02 am

Truly the nicest person I ever met. Roger and I will miss you always.

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Larry & Karen Morgan
May 5, 2021 at 7:51 am

Larry and I are so so sorry to here of Candy’s passing. She was such and courageous lady. She always made us feel so welcome.. May God give you strength and comfort.

Larry and Karen Morgan

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Keri (Henry) Brang
May 5, 2021 at 4:19 pm

My sincere condolences to all that knew and loved Candy. I remember meeting her for the first time at Coopers and thought “Who was this beautiful woman working the reception desk at a body shop?” She was so friendly and kind. To my surprise, she already knew so much about me which was so sweet. My mother adored her walks with Candy and she will be missed.

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Stacy B.
May 5, 2021 at 10:54 pm

Prayers for all of Candy’s family and friends. She was a wonderful lady with such a kind heart and will be dearly missed.

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Ted and Sue Bucks
May 5, 2021 at 11:03 pm

Ted and I were so saddened by Candy’s passing. We were so close in the early days when Ted and Craig opened Craig’s Auto Body in Holt. We had so many fun time together and had a wonderful trip to Florida. We were glad to reunite in the last few years and get to remember all our good times. Candy was always beautiful and such a ball of energy. We will miss her dearly.

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Ronnie Hunt
May 6, 2021 at 11:07 pm

I’ve known the Austin’s family since the 50s from
CHIPPEWA LK. WE DIDNT SHE MUCH OF HER AFTER HER FOLKS SOLD THEIR PLACE AT CHIPPEWA LAKE BUT NEVE FORGOT THEM . YES CANDY WAS A SWEET LOVING PERSON AND RIP PRINCESS. I MYSELF WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. I DONT EVER REMEMBER YOU WITHOUT YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE

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Stan Smith
May 9, 2021 at 12:29 pm

Craig and to the Cooper Body Family my heartfelt sympathy. While my retirement was 20 years ago I will always remember Candy’s welcoming smile and being a “wee bit” gullible I did her some good natured teasing. Again Craig my thoughts are with you. Stan Smith Citizens

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