Gardening 08

Candy Chant

May 3, 1955 ~ April 2, 2021 (age 65)


On April 2nd, 2021, Good Friday we lost my beloved wife of 41 years, Candy Chant.

Candy was a beautiful human being, full of love, happiness and wonderful smiles to her family, friends and co-workers.

Candy was born in New Haven, Connecticut on May 3, 1955.  She went to Amity High School and graduated in 1973.  She graduated from Bates College in 1977 with a BA in Musicology-Cum Laude.  Candy met her husband Pat, also a Bates student in March of 1974.  They were married on January 19, 1980, New Haven, Connecticut

Candy was raised in Orange, Connecticut and was the youngest of four children of Frank and Edith Hutchinson.  After graduating from Bates, Candy lived in New York City, between 1978 and 1982, where she worked for Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers.  Candy and Pat left New York in 1982 and moved to Leadville, Colorado.  In Colorado, Candy worked for Snowdon-Hopkins Architects, Vail, Colorado.  After having children, Candy then worked for Colorado Mountain College for 19 years as Secretary to the Dean and Director of Financial Aid before leaving Leadville in 2011 and moved to Wellington, Colorado.  In Fort Collins Candy was the Financial Aid Director for 7 ½ years at Healing Arts Institute.  She then worked at Wallace & Kling, P.C. for one year as Office Manager.  Candy lived in Wellington until her passing at home.

Candy was a dedicated gardener, musician, and talented dressmaker, quilter, and knitter.  Candy was involved in volunteer organizations: PEO[RO1] -a women’s philanthropic organization, The Colorado Recorder Orchestra and The Leadville Arts Coalition. 

Candy leaves behind her loving husband of 41 years, Pat and their two daughters Caroline Chant McCabe of Fort Collins, CO and Emily Chant of Seattle, WA. Candy is survived by two of her three older brothers, Alex Hutchinson (Bethany, CT) and Bruce Hutchinson (Alto, MI); her third brother Frank died in 2019.  She also leaves behind three nieces and a nephew.  Candy’s spirit, character, love and respect for people around her and her endless smile will never be forgotten.  May she rest in her green garden of heaven, full of flowers, forever.

Candy’s ashes will be spread at the base of Mt. Elbert in Leadville, Colorado above Candy and Pat’s old property. A date and time to celebrate Candy’s life will soon be determined. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the women’s philanthropic organization PEO.  Please donate to PEO Chapter AF, Leadville or PEO Chapter IK-Fort Collins care of Vessey Funeral Services.



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