UNION — Family and friends said a very special goodbye to a very special family member and friend Friday afternoon looking Heavenward as they did so.
On Monday, April 18, Candee Silvers passed away following a battle with metatastic breast cancer.
On Friday, April 21, shortly after her funeral, family and friends of Silvers gathered outside the Union Walmart, her employer for more than 30 years until her retirement, to say farewell with a very special ceremony.
Melanie Rabb, a friend of Silvers, was unable to attend due to illness, but did watch the ceremony on the Internet. Rabb said Tuesday that the ceremony included a tribute to Silvers and a prayer lead by Janie Gist; a performance of the song “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Amy Silvers House; and, finally, a balloon launch, with balloons donated by Dollar Tree whose manager, Stacy Farr, worked with Silvers at Walmart. She said that Farr, together with Silvers’ daughter, Chelsie, also organized the ceremony.
“The balloons were pink and yellow,” Rabb said. “Pink is the color of breast cancer awareness and yellow was Candee’s favorite color.”
Rabb said that each member of the group of family and friends had a balloon and released them together calling out messages such as “We love you, Candee,” and “I love you, Candee.” She said that as the balloons were released the wind came and picked them up carrying them rapidly into the sky.
Into the sky toward Silvers who now watches over her family and friends until the day they are all reunited with her in Heaven.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.