Obituary — Helen "Candy" Dow Mumford |

Obituary — Helen "Candy" Dow Mumford

No services are planned for Helen “Candy” Dow Mumford, who died June 26, 2003, at her South Lake Tahoe home. She was 56.

Mrs. Mumford was born Nov. 18, 1946, at Pasadena, Calif. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Humboldt State University in psychology and earned her master of arts degree in special education from California State University, Sacramento in 1996. Her teaching credential opened the doors to the classroom she loved. Initially, she taught preschool from 1970 to 1972 at Rialto, Calif., and was the director/teacher at a preschool for children with disabilities in Glenwood, Colo., from 1973 to 1975. She taught for the past 24 years at Tahoe Valley Elementary School, where she touched the lives of hundreds of students.

Her dedication and love for her students was a primary focus of her life. She was a life long learner, who looked constantly for ways to improve the lives of those she touched. She will be greatly remembered for her giving spirit, positive outlook, gardening, creative projects, her cheesecakes, gracious entertaining and her heart. She graduated from life with high honors. May she soar into the universe with light and peace. Please celebrate her life by taking a “Step Above the Rest” in a special part of your life.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mrs. Mumford’s name may be made to Tahoe Valley Elementary School for one of her special projects — an outdoor reader’s theater.

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