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Candace Arlene (Strong) Gonzales

December 9, 1951 ~ May 13, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old


Candace Arlene Strong/Gonzales, 71, of
Cottonwood Arizona, born December 9th,
1951’ in Rockford Illinois, at Swedish-
American Hospital, left us to be with our
Lord Jesus on May 12th, 2023. She and her
husband Joe Gonzales along with her
mother Vonna Strong owned The Holly
Hock House and then Home Sweet Home
Antiques on Main Street in Cottonwood
Arizona, for 30 years.

She attended elementary school in
Rockford, Illinois and graduated from high
school in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The family
moved first to Williams, Arizona and then to
Winslow, Arizona, where she met her future
husband, Joe Gonzales. They married on
May 16, 1981, at The First Baptist Church
in Winslow, Arizona. They later moved to
Cottonwood, Arizona. While there, born to
this union on December 24, 1989, a son,
John William Gonzales “J.W.”.

She was preceded in death by Earl
Orvile Strong and Vonna Mae Clark/Strong,
her parents. She is survived by her
husband Joseph Anthony Gonzales, their
son John William Gonzales, her siblings,
sister Anvel Velvet Strong/Moore, brother
Craig Earl Strong and Craig’s wife Jane
Oxendale/Strong along with many nieces,
nephews and their families.

She was an attendee of Verde
Community Church in Cottonwood, at the
time of her passing. She also attended
other evangelical churches from Illinois to
Arizona. Jesus, and her family and friends
were everything to her. Hunting for antiques
and treasures on many trips to yard sales,
and antique stores, as well as to the family
homestead in Meadville, Nebraska were
some of the things she enjoyed the most.

Being greatly missed, her family is
looking forward to seeing Candy again

There will be no funeral services and a
memorial service is being planned for later
this year.





























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