SALT LAKE/PRICE - Anna C. Escandon, age 93, left her tired body at home and went dancing in the cosmos Jan. 29, 2010. Those who knew her accept this truth: she loved a good party.
Anna Maria Antonia Candelaria was born in Arboles, Colo. Dec. 20, 1916. The daughter of Anastacio and Maria Ruben Candelaria, she had five brothers and two sisters. Her adult life was spent in Carbon County and most recently she resided in Salt Lake City.
Anna is survived by her youngest brother, Arthur; children, Ruby, Phil, Don, Ralph, and Olivia from her marriage to Phil Gonzales; son, Carlos; step-children Ricardo, Bertha, John, Lena, Beatrice, Lavinia and Louise, from her marriage to John Escandon; 16 grand-children, 23 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. No doubt she is dancing with those loved ones who went before her; parents, sisters, brothers, two grandsons and two great-grandsons.
Anna served on the board and volunteered many years for the Colleen Quigley Women's Center in Price. She also volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem for neglected children. She enjoyed working the last 13 years before her retirement at age 86, at the Manti-La Sal Forest Service in Price, where on at least one occasion, she dressed up as Woodsy Owl.
Anna was noted for her aphorisms, "Once is a mistake. Twice is a habit." "Call me anything but late to eat,."Que Sera, Sera." but she will be remembered most for her quick- witted retorts and sharp tongue. No one could soft-talk her into anything. She slammed the door in the face of many a salesman.
Anna was generous to a fault whether it was a crock-pot or a cemetery plot she either had one to give or got it for you. She was an excellent cook and she offered multiple choices at every meal. You never left her house hungry but a few pounds heavier and always toting a load of leftovers. Anna took what life sent her way and maintained an up-beat attitude by practicing the only psychological tenet she believed in, "Get over it."
A mass will be held at St. Peter St Rose Catholic Church in Arboles, Colo. June 5, 2010. Anna's family will honor her wish for cremation and to be interred with her parents and siblings in the Arboles/Rosa cemetery. Donations in her name may be directed to the Colleen Quigley Women's Center.
With her familiar farewell ringing in our ears, we say to her as she always said to us: "We'll see you when we see you, whichever comes first."
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