Candace Lee Williams was twenty years old on September 11, 2001 when she boarded American Airlines flight #11; she was a five year co-op student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA where she resided. The program was designed to work in the field from January to June and attend school from the end of June to December. Candace Lee majored in Business Administration and intended to go on to become a stock broker. As a freshman, she had received the presidential award and was high honors. In her sophomore year, Candace Lee worked at Merrill Lynch in New York City from January to June and lived at home in Danbury, CT. At the end of June 2001 Merrill Lynch wrote a letter to Northeastern saying “please send five more like Candace”. The last day of work they took her out to dinner and sent her home to Danbury in a limousine.
Candace was beautiful, bright, and witty with a great personality. She was always willing to lend a hand to help or an ear to listen. She was not only focused on her own bright future, but the future of those around her. She motivated others to stay focused on their schoolwork, and modeled herself in a way that showed people that you could be smart and still have fun. She truly was a special girl that was definitely on her way to a greater avenue of life. In Sept. 2001, Candace had just got done with exams and had a week off before the next semester began. The day, Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001 she boarded AA #11 to visit her roommate at her father’s house in California. They were going to rent a convertible and have their pictures taken at the ‘Hollywood’ sign, but unfortunately Candace never made it on that horrific day. She left her mother Sherri who has since passed away, her younger brother Corey and Grandparents, Charlie and Jan Williams. She is remembered by all whose lives she touched.
Below is a short message connected to a forward that Candace sent to her friends on April 10, 2001. It speaks to the person she was.
Hello Everyone- This is a great message because it puts life in prospective. You don’t have to send it to anyone just enjoy reading it!
love you all and will see you soon!
- Maybe God wanted us to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.
- Maybe when the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.
- Maybe the best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.
- Maybe it is true that we don’t know what we have got until we lose it, but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives.
- Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they will love you back. Don’t expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart; but if it does not, be content it grew in yours.
- It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
- Don’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.
- There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.
- Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
- May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.
- Always put yourself in others’ shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too. The happiest
of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
- Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.
- Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear.
- The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can’t go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
- When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you are the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.