Loved ones honor memory of Good Samaritan who died in car accident on Tuesday

Loved ones honor memory of Good Samaritan who died in car accident on Tuesday

Before arriving late Tuesday to assist a bicyclist along Dove Road, where she was hit and killed by a passing vehicle, loved ones of Candy Trumbull said she had already touched so many lives.

“She didn’t hesitate to reach out to everyone,” said Sister Donna Trumbull. “She’d give you the shirt on her back if it was the last she had.”

That was a common theme among members of their extended family when they arrived for funeral services this weekend to honor Candy.

The 40-year-old single mother, formerly a home health care provider and employee of HP Pelzer, lived in Port Huron Township. She was nice, but a go-getter, siblings said — not afraid, according to brother Milan Trumbull, to “tell you what it was like.”

And even in the midst of an emerging illness in recent months that made it difficult for her to work, or even walk at times, relatives said she still went out of her way to nurture others and care for her two sons, John “JonJon” to care. and Charlie Priess, as well as other local kids, right up to her final moments.

A 30-year-old man from Marysville driving through the 3700 block of Dove hit a 56-year-old man from Fort Gratiot who was cycling in the area around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Candy Trumbull, who lived nearby, arrived at the scene before being hit by another passing driver who did not stop.

Both the cyclist and Trumbull were pronounced dead at the scene. A suspect was reportedly taken into custody the following day.

From that moment on, a GoFundMe was created to help with funeral expenses and the living expenses of Trumbull’s children. By the beginning of Friday, about $1,200 of a $7,500 goal had been raised.

Mother of 2 lived for her sons, family says

Several of Trumbull’s family members tearfully shared the experience of losing her during an interview with the Times Herald on Thursday.

Eighteen-year-old son Charlie briefly discussed her memory before leaving the room, while 13-year-old JonJon said on the phone, “She was the best mother to me. She loved taking care of me.”

Candy’s former husband Guy Priess, who was with JonJon, chimed in: “She had a heart of gold. She would help anyone. That girl, her heart has never failed anyone.”

It felt like Candy had saved her sons, the family said. Donna Trumbull said JonJon “stood next to her as she tried to help the cyclist.”

The 13-year-old started returning to the house, she said, but “as soon as he turned around, she was hit.”

Milan Trumbull said the distinction made clear how much she lived for her children.

“Her arms were always around them. It didn’t matter where they went. The boys were standing next to her,’ he said. “They never leave her side. She always had a photo with her 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 that little boy’s face. That’s how he remembers his mother.”

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As they mourned Trumbull on Thursday, the conversation between several of her siblings quickly turned into laughter and laughter as they recall moments from their childhood.

Trumbull had 11 siblings, according to her obituary. She was born somewhere in the middle — and was particularly small, Milan recalled, weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces. They were not allowed to touch her. After Candy’s hair grew out, sister Tamie Gregersen jokingly recalled cutting some of it off and passing the mischief on to Candy when Donna was born.

“I’d be damned if she didn’t do that to Donna. But I did get into trouble,” Gregersen said. “Because Donna was in her crib and I gave Candy the scissors.”

Early on, the then six siblings lived outside of Allegan, an area with many farms, and much of the childhood mischief continued. They got into trouble with the family up the hill, and they jumped into the creek when they weren’t meant to, and brought “the big carp home”. “Hey, we were on that thing. They let us sit on it!” Milan intervened.

And Candy giggled through it.

“No matter how angry you got, she would always find that one word and your anger would be gone,” Brother Terry French said.

Donna and Milan Trumbull said they eventually went into foster care and were later adopted with Candy.

As always, Gregersen said it was Candy who reunited them. She remembered getting a call years later.

“I think the most important thing for me is that we were all born in one family and separated,” she said. “But if it wasn’t for Candy, we’d never have been 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 nephews.

There was a visit to the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home from 2-4pm on Sunday, followed by a funeral service at 4pm

Relatives said they were leaving the services open to the public, adding that Candy would have wanted to.

“We don’t know who touched them,” said Milan Trumbull.

Contact Jackie Smith at (810) 989-6270 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @Jackie20Smith.