Candace Dugan Batista

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Candace “Candy” Dugan Batista, 57, of Houston, died Friday, March 22, 2013, in her home, Golden Living Center, surrounded by her daughter and Golden Living family and friends, after a long and courageous battle with MS.


She was born January 29, 1956, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Reese and Betty Hilderbrand Dugan, who lived in Houston.


Ms. Batista was a 1973 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and a 1974 graduate of Penn Commercial Business School.


She worked as a secretary for Robinson Pipe cleaning and then for Washington Federal as a secretary to Al Cenis for many years.


Ms. Batista will be missed by many. She always had a smile and a wonderful sense of humor, and, although the years of MS ravaged her small frame, she never complained.


Surviving are a daughter, Jennafer (Ralph) Batista Buehl of Ellsworth; two grandchildren, Xavier Batista and Kassiah Buehl; siblings Patty Dugan of Houston and Reese Dugan Jr. and Suzanne Dugan, both of Washington; beloved uncle Robert Spiller Sr. of Houston; dear friends Annabelle Ondrick and family of Houston and Sally Duffy; nieces and nephews Robert Dugan, Jodie Merlina, Max and Kyle Dugan and Dakota, Naomi, Michaela, Chase and Treasure Caldwell; great-nieces and nephews Jake and Alexandra Bowman, Alex and Destiny Dugan, GiGi Ellis and Aidn Caldwell; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.


At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or services. Ms. Batista, always the giver, donated her body to science in hopes of contributing to finding a cure for MS. Donations in her memory may be sent to MS Research, Golden Living Activities, 201 Village Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317, or Chartiers-Houston Community Library in Houston. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at www.mcilvaine-speakman.com.


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