Before arriving late Tuesday to help a cyclist along Dove Road, where she was struck and killed by a passing vehicle, Candy Trumbull’s loved ones said she had already touched so many lives.
“She didn’t hesitate to reach out to everyone,” Sister Donna Trumbull said. “She would give you the shirt on the back if it was the last thing on her.”
It was a common theme among members of her extended family as they came to the funeral service to honor Candy this weekend.
The 40-year-old single mother was a former home nurse and employee at HP Pelzer and lived in Port Huron Township. She was kind but pedantic, the siblings said – not afraid, according to Brother Milan Trumbull, “to tell you how it was”.
And even amid an emerging illness in recent months that made it difficult for her to work or even walk at times, family members said she still made every effort to support others and take care of her two sons, John “JonJon.” take care of. and Charlie Priess, as well as other local children, to their last moments.
A 30-year-old Marysville man driving through the 3700 block of Dove punched a 56-year-old Fort Gratiot man who was riding a bicycle in the area before calling 911 around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Candy Trumbull, who lived nearby, got out before being hit by another passing driver who didn’t stop.
Both the cyclist and Trumbull were pronounced dead at the scene. A suspect was reportedly taken into custody the next day.
A GoFundMe has since been formed to help with funeral expenses and living expenses for Trumbull’s children. By early Friday, approximately $1,200 of a $7,500 target had been raised.
The mother of two lived for her sons, the family says
Several of Trumbull’s family members tearfully spoke of the experience of losing her in an interview with the Times Herald on Thursday.
Son Charlie, 18, spoke briefly about her memories before leaving the room, while JonJon, 13, said on the phone: “She was the best mom to me. She loved taking care of me.”
Candy’s former husband Guy Priess, who dated JonJon, chimed in: “She had a heart of gold. She would help everyone. This girl, her heart never failed for anyone.”
It felt like Candy saved her sons, the family said. Donna Trumbull said JonJon “stands beside her while she tries to help the cyclist.”
The 13-year-old started walking back toward the house, she said, but “as soon as he turned around, she was hit.”
Milan Trumbull said the award focuses on how much she lived for her children.
“Her arms were always wrapped around her. It didn’t matter where they went. The boys were right next to her,” he said. “You never left her side. She always had a picture in her car.”
As Donna held up the photo of Candy with a younger JonJon and Charlie on Thursday, Milan added: “You can see the smile on this little boy’s face. That’s how he remembers his mother.”
Candy Trumbull has reunited siblings after their childhood split
As they mourned Trumbull’s death on Thursday, conversation between several of her siblings quickly turned to laughter as they reminisced about moments from their childhood.
According to her obituary, Trumbull had 11 siblings. She was born somewhere in the middle — and was particularly short, Milan recalled, at 4 pounds, 8 ounces. You weren’t allowed to touch her. After Candy’s hair grew, Nurse Tamie Gregersen jokingly recalled cutting off part of it and passing the mischief on to Candy when Donna was born.
“I’d be damned if she didn’t do this to Donna. But I got in trouble for that,” said Gregersen. “Because Donna was in her crib and I gave Candy the scissors.”
From an early age, the then-six siblings lived outside of Allegan, an area full of farms, and much of the childhood mischief continued. They got into trouble with the family on the hill and jumped into the creek when they shouldn’t and brought “home the big carp”. “Hey, we sat on that thing. They made us sit on it!” Milan interjected.
And Candy was giggling through it all.
“No matter how angry you got, she always found that one word and your anger was gone,” Brother Terry French said.
Donna and Milan Trumbull said they eventually went into foster care and were later adopted with Candy.
As was proper, Gregersen said it was Candy who reunited them. She recalled getting the call years later.
“I think the most important thing for me is that we were all born in one family and we were separated,” she said. “But without Candy we would never have come back. She was the first to find me.”
In addition to her sons and siblings, Candy Trumbull is survived by her parents, adoptive father and many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A visit to the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home was scheduled for Sunday from 2pm to 4pm, followed by a funeral service at 4pm
Family members said they would open the services to the public, adding that Candy would have wanted it.
“We don’t know who she touched,” Milan Trumbull said.
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