Candace leaves behind her beloved husband Mathew Levine, daughter Julie Laura Gallegos of Los Angeles, sons Scott Johnston and Mark Johnston of Utopia, Texas, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Candace Boughn Toft was born in Wheatland, Wyoming in 1942. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the University of Wyoming and her Master of Arts at Denver University. She taught in Montana, Colorado and San Diego and was an administrator in three districts, including principal of two middle schools. She was Director of Credentials at National University.
Candace won writing awards for fiction, essays and poetry; she published four novels (Mingled Yarn, Thousand Strands, The Trap and A Tangled Web) and a biography, Off the Ropes: The Ron Lyle Story.
Candace and her husband moved to Susanville in 2007.
Candace obtained a grant from the California Council for the Humanities and, with the help of other writers in the community, created and edited, Small Moments in Time: Memories of Lassen that the Lassen College Foundation published in 2009.
She served on the Lassen County Historical Society Board and edited the Historical Society Newsletter, along with historical books by local authors. She was working on the dual biography of Cindie Tamietti and Sam Williams at the time of her death.
Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 13th at 2:00 pm at the Old Clubhouse on Wingfield Road.
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