, Salem, MA

December 24, 2013

Candace Claire (Burns) MacLaughlin, 61

Beverly — Mrs. Candace Claire (Burns) MacLaughlin, 61, of Beverly, formerly of Gloucester and Reading, and beloved wife of the late Robert MacLaughlin, died onThursday, December 19, 2013, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, Reading.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late George and Eleanor Burns. She was raised and educated in Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School, continuing her education at Salem State College.

Mrs. MacLaughlin had been employed as an event coordinator for many years at International Desalination Association of Topsfield. Up until the time of her illness, she had been employed in the advertising department for the Gloucester Times of North of Boston Media Group.

Candace was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who enjoyed exercise and keeping in optimal shape. She was an avid traveler and reader. She loved spending time taking in the scenic vistas of the beaches of the North Shore. She was dedicated to her family, and will be deeply missed.

Candace is survived by her daughter, Meghan Randall and her husband, Roger, of Frisco, Texas; her son, Ian MacLaughlin of Beverly; her grandchildren, Wynn and Claire Randall; her sister, Lenore Sweet of Maple Grove, Minn.; her brothers, Richard “Dick” Burns and his wife, Jean, of Groveland, and Michael Burns and his wife, Darlene, of Groton; her mother-in-law, Marion MacLaughlin of Reading; her brother-in-law, Glenn MacLaughlin and his wife, Linda, of Chelmsford; and several nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours in The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square, at Salem Common, Salem, will be held on Friday, December 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Boxford, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Candace’s memory to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit