Born: Kansas City on 28 September 1943

Passed away: Denver on 21 December 2016

Aged: 73 years

Funeral Date: 29 April 2017

Service Details

A celebration of life will be held for Candy on April 29, 2017 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 790 South Corona Street, Denver Colorado, at 11 o'clock a.m. A reception will follow.

The Story

Candy was a fabulous person in many ways. She was very talented - a published writer and photographer. She photographed many dignitaries: Prince Bandar of Saudia Arabia, Princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer of Monaco, Queen Noor of Jorden, Mohammed Ali, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Stanley Clark and many of the other top jazz musicians in Hollywood, and flamenco Artists Sabicas, Paco de Lucia, Mario Escudero, Carlos Montoya and René Heredia among many others. She received a Presidential medal from President Ford.

Candy had a Bachelor Degree in English Literature from Kansas State University and a Master's Degree in Film and Photography from University of Denver. She was the Curator of the Museum at the University in Bozeman Montana. She played percussion in the Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre for many years. She also played the Bassoon , Piano, Organ and Glockenspiel. She was awarded Recognition of Attainment as Outstanding Senior Vocalist.
Not only was she very beautiful and talented, she was sweet and kind and loved children and animals.

We were married for thirty three years and she was the love of my life.

- Rene Heredia, husband, partner

Friends of the family are encouraged to remember Candy by making a contribution to the flamenco scholarship fund established in her memory, to help continue the flamenco tradition she loved so passionately.

The Candace Bevier Heredia Flamenco Dance Scholarship is awarded to a student who would be unable otherwise to afford the costs associated with the study of Flamenco. The scholarship is named in honor of Candace Bevier Heredia, who was a percussionist / photographer and vital presence in the company for many years, and the beloved wife of René Heredia,

The scholarship consists of tuition waivers and a cash grant to enable the student to purchase dance shoes and costumes or musical instruments.

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Sweet beautiful Candace,

Your kind and gentle ways will be missed. Your unique and classy style made an impression on me when I met you as a teenager. I grew up surrounded by the flamenco images you captured in time and will think fondly of you every time I pass by one of your photos. We will continue to cherish your memory when celebrating the flamenco traditions to which you were so devoted.

It was a blessing to know you, Lorenzo

Lorenzo Phipps


Beloved Candy,
It took me awhile to accept that you decided to move on to higher places. Even as I watched your soft, bird-like body transition, it showed me that you will be very much present from the unseen. I was silent and meditative for many days savoring memories of our many conversations, some walks, all the performances and some brilliant moments of soul intimacy.
Luka and Mina have always already seen you as a fairy and understood that you decided to go to other realms from which to guide us even in finer ways.
Last time we held hands in the studio, you gazed deeply into my soul and said some profoundly lucid things – I am holding onto your guidance and wisdom.
I played for you that special song dedicated to you – “Lady” by Kenny Rogers. We smiled and gazed at each other in deep knowing.
Lady, I say to you now, your beauty, warmth, care, passion, love and art – your grace in person, style, demeanor and creation – are inspirational. Yours is a life so well lived!
My love, admiration and gratitude go to You!

Mila Popovich


Candy was like a family member to me. She always was so kind to all of the Rene's dancers. She always saw the positive qualities in other people and always had an encouraging word. She loved children and had a beautiful, pure and loving spirit. Candy was like an angel on earth and I'm sure she is blessed greatly in heaven.

Justice Miles


Candy was one of the most positive people I know. She always had a kind and encouraging greeting when I saw her. The love she shared with all of those around her will certainly be remembered.
-Monica, company flamenco dancer

Monica Perez Parsons


Maestro, Stan & I are so very sad to hear of Candy's passing. She was such a sweet & kind lady. Always smiling & happy. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
All our best,
Amie Bergondo & Stan Rios

Amie Bergondo


Candy is missed. What a beautiful loving free spirit she was. Her impact as an artist was instantaneous when you met her as was her love of Rene and for sharing the arts with all people. I cherish my memories of our time spent together and will be proud to support the scholarship. Rene, she is not gone, she is now everywhere ~ love, Donna

Donna Smith


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A beautiful video

René Heredia