Candace Cay (Kruger) Ayers, 66, of Springfield, formerly of Pawnee, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

She was born June 28, 1955 in Mobile, Alabama, the daughter of Thomas and Beverly Kruger. She married Terry Gene Ayers in 1978.

Candy graduated from Pawnee High School in 1973. She was an orthodontic assistant for many years and later worked at St. John’s Prairie Heart Institute  for five years.

Survivors include her husband, Terry of Springfield; children, Marc (Samantha) Ayers  and Amanda Foster, both of Springfield and three grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held by immediate family per her last wishes.

Memorials may be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, 8815 Conroy Windermere Rd, Suite 309, Orlando, FL 32835 or to The Humane Society of the United States, Dept. HACDQ100904001, 1255 23rd St NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037. Bisch Funeral Home West, Springfield was in charge of arrangements.