Candis Boston

Candis Boston

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She was born Candis Rachelle Gross on June 26, 1970 at Jeff Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was an awesome little personality from the start. At six weeks old she contracted spinal meningitis and the doctors said that she would not develop normally and would have learning disabilities.  But that’s not what God said. Candis was able to answer to her name at 4 months old and began walking at 9 months old. She was the original energizer bunny and carried that energizing spirit into whatever she became involved in.

She began her education at Frost Elementary School in Houston and moved to Detroit, Michigan at the age of nine. She continued her elementary education at Fairbanks Elementary where she excelled and received academic recognition from the Detroit Chamber of Commerce. She returned to Houston at age 11 and went to Dowling Middle School and from there to Madison High where she graduated in 1988. She was a drum major at Madison, and she could always be counted on to put on an exhilarating and exciting performance for her fans.  Prairie View A&M University was her college of choice and she participated in the PVAMU marching band, became a member of Tau Beta Sigma sorority, and made friendships and bonds that remain to this day.

After graduation from PVAMU, she had plans to go to law school. She was asked to teach for 1 year at the Ubora school, by her mother who was the director, because she needed a teacher for the K-1st grade. During that year she developed a passion for teaching and developing the minds of young children and stayed. Her style of teaching was one of patience and perseverance, never giving up on any child and never raising her voice in all her years of service. She went on to teach at Baker’s Preparatory School where she was owner, administrator, and teacher for the past 20 years. She founded the Kuumba Dancers at the school and trained many young ladies in the art and discipline of dance. Many of her former students have brought their own children to her to get the same excellent educational foundation she had given to them.

Candis married Peter Boston on June 23, 2007. Together they raised his son Kevon Boston into an awesome, upstanding, responsible and respectful Christian gentleman. At his games at Wesleyen Christian College, where he is point guard, Candis was always his most zealous and avid fan. She always encouraged him and his brother Domonic to always give life your best shot, never give up and put God first.

Growing up she attended the Shrine Christian Church where she acquired her leadership skills, work ethics, discipline and the need for accountability. These traits helped to shape and form who she became as a leader.

Seven years ago she joined the Together We Stand Christian Church where her faith was restored and brought back to spiritual health under the leadership of Bishop Allen Rice and Pastor Cheryl Rice. She became a joyful worshiper who became rooted in Christ and renewed her faith in and love for God.

She was kind and caring towards all who were a part of her life; her family, her friends, her coworkers, her students, her church family and anyone she met along the way felt her genuine caring spirit and basked in the warmth of her smile and her infectious laughter. She had a wonderful habit of calling her elder relatives to check up on them and to see if they needed anything. She communicated regularly with her maternal cousins and gave them encouragement and support. When she married, her husband’s family became her family and she loved them dearly and they loved her back. She also cared about those she did not know personally. Her heart ached for people who were being mistreated, misused, and abused by others. She was concerned about the way many entities chose money and power over the welfare of people. She prayed daily for this world and chose not to become a part of or support the systems of the world that were oppressing others.

She leaves behind to cherish her life: her husband, Peter Boston, sons Kevon and Dominic Boston, mother, Dianna Baker, brother James Gross (Renee), sister Tawanna Croomes, neices Brittney, Rashida, Ayanna, Saiah, Shara and Madison; cousins Terry Montgomery, Harcell Montgomery (Tenea), Olga Hill-Damani, Ellisha Brown(Byron),and Artisha Osby; aunts Joyce Hill, Vera Walker, and Beverly Robinson; great nieces Miyah and Kylie and great nephew Jakorey and all of the Boston clan whom she dearly loved, and a host of other relatives that she loved but are too numerous to name.

  • June 9, 2020 Reply
    Reginald Young

    I will always remember how much fun we had coming to PV band camp in 1988. You were the coolest crab sister a guy could have had. We then pledged fall 1989. You will always be in my heart sis. Love you and may you RIH❤️ Bouche’89

    • June 13, 2020 Reply
      S. Brown

      I will miss you. Your beautiful smile and your natural ability to uplift people will be remembered. Rest In Peace, Cousin.

  • June 9, 2020 Reply
    Valerie Hutchins

    Candis I love you. I’m going to miss our texts, phone calls and agendas. You are our sister, the baby of us all. Sometimes life get so busy we miss the opportunity to spend moments with others we will always treasure. PVU-HC19 will always be my most cherished and memorable. We had a good time. 31.5 years of friendship PVU Marching Storm crab class of 88, 30.5 years of sisterhood, #3 Tau Beta Sigma EPsi Fall ’89 My heart hurts.
    Thank you Peter, Ke’Von, Dominic. Mother Baker and family for sharing Candis. May God bless and strengthen you.

  • June 9, 2020 Reply
    Norman Thomas

    Candis you will be missed! We love you and know you are in the arms of our savior Jesus Christ!

    Your line brother,
    KK Psi Fall 89

  • June 10, 2020 Reply
    Elton McWashington Jr

    Sister I thank God for directing our paths to cross once again before your transition. It was so nice to see you after such a long time. Your presence was as it has always been. Bright smile. Lively and energetic. You will forever hold a place in my heart. I grew with you. We worked together to nurture our most common bonds, music and marching. I am grateful to have known you. I find peace in knowing you are in the presence of God. Love and miss you!

  • June 10, 2020 Reply
    Ericka Thrower

    Hey sis!
    Our line will never be the same without you. We had some good times and some long nights. But, most of all we became sisters. God chose you to guard the rest of us and our brothers. I love you!❤❤
    Tau Beta Sigma #1 Fall 89

  • June 10, 2020 Reply
    Ernest Baker

    To My 88 Crab Sister!!! I Thank GOD for Allowing Us to meet in Hobart Taylor Band Hall…. You was a Genuine Lady that I Loved So Much…. Your Smile and Comments will be truly Missed. We will always have a Brother/Sister Bond for Life!!!!! U Gain Ur Wings Early!!! I Will See You Again Sisi!!!!! LOVE YOU DEARLY 🤘🤟🤘🤟

    • June 12, 2020 Reply
      Regena Wheeler

      Cousin what a blessing you have been to our family and others. You will be greatly missed!

  • June 10, 2020 Reply
    J Henderson Hunter

    Without fail you always had a smile and an upbeat disposition. Although it was years between seeing each other in person, I cherished the time we saw each other in Detroit and at homecoming in Oct. Our line will not be the same during our times together via text, during phone calls or in person. Rest well line. Tau Beta Sigma Fall 89 💙💙💖💙

  • June 10, 2020 Reply
    John Hilliard

    Candis, you were truly one of a kind! Your warm, illustrious smile will be missed but always remembered. It’s a blessing to have known you! Rest well, Sister.

  • June 10, 2020 Reply
    Demetria Mayes

    Candis, Candis, Candis
    I’m going to miss you so much. Whenever we called one another, we would say each other’s names with such excitement! I’m going to miss that. I’m thankful for the opportunity to meet you, to know you and be your sister. You will be missed, but you are in the best place now. Love you always.

  • June 11, 2020 Reply
    DEJA Hanley 💗

    Ms. Candis,
    I didn’t get to know you as long as others did, but the little time that I did get was truly a blessing 💞! I remember when we’d teach together in Jesus Village, you would have me participate like I was one of the students😊, I truly enjoyed that. You came up with the best steps, you always had a smile on your face, and you always included everyone 💓. I loved your outfits, they were different but definitely unique💃🏾. I remember the Sunday that you helped the dance team while Ms. Adryan was away. You came in your Sunday’s best with your ice cup from Starbucks😂. You told us girls that we needed to get it together, you told each of us what we looked like when we danced. You told me that I looked mean😅, you wanted me to smile when I danced😁😉. (I promise I’ll smile more often😄.) You told us that if we danced well then you’d buy each of us a cup of a strawberry drink from Starbucks😋, I would have loved to just have spent time with you 💔😭. You taught us to walk in the room with Authority👊🏽🙌🏾!!!
    I’m soo very glad that you died peaceably🌺. I miss you terribly💗 but I know that I will see you one day soon.
    I loove you soo much 💌.

  • June 11, 2020 Reply
    Corey Maddox aka shaky b

    Yo nets yo nets yo clarinets as we say in the Storm!! Candis I’m going to miss you so much. But your alright now and I know you are going to watch over us down here 🕊️🕊️🕊️💯😇😇😇😇!!!boy this hurt!!!! Love you LINE SISTER 💓💓😍😍💯💯

  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Rachel Roy-Ceasar💙

    My beautiful smiling Soror Candis,
    You touched so many lives in a positive way. I could always count on you to brighten my day with your smile and bubbly personality. I remember when I went to pick up my nieces from Bakers Prep and after so many years passing by since our PV days in the band we looked at each other and started hugging and screaming. You are loved and will truly me missed my lil sis/Soror. Rest easy now, job well done.💙💙💙


  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Janet Singleton

    My sister Candis you will be missed greatly. Your genuine smile and love is unforgettable. Love you forever!

  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Alan James Williams

    The tea is full down from my face hoping that it’ll hit the pool and go out in the circle of love for everyone that you have touched it is a great loss for all of us that are still here always will hold you in my heart forever

  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Laura Johnson

    Sis Candis A*K*A Smiley
    Im still in disbelief that you are gone you was such a sweet and loving person im so glad i got to text and talk to you 3 weeks before you transition it really hurts me cause i loved seeing your smiling face coming through the doors of “Together We Stand Christian Church” We always sat with each and enjoyed church you always ask me ” why you not in the praise team singing with that pretty voice you have” i know your faith was unwavering so you get your rest “Smiley” you will truly be miss i love you 😭😭😭😭😭

  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Rhoda "Netsenet"

    Anytime I wanted to hear my name said with excitement and with great sincerity, I called YOU. Your support and love for me was next level. Anytime I wanted to discuss issues of the world, unfairness and ways of making things better, I called YOU. Thank you for bringing joy into my life every single time we were in each others presence. Rest in Peace my sister.

  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Raven D Butler

    I am ubora alumni class of 1994 I remeber the Christmas paraids we would do every year . Also the tin man costumes and m&m costumes. Through dancing you tought me how to be confident in my self just want to thank you tell we meet again. You will always be my auntie

  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Nichelle Beard

    Ms. Candis , you were such a kind person with a beautiful smile that brighten every room. Thank you for the foundation that you gave my daughter (Jessica Beard) was in your class. You pushed her and because of you, she skipped a grade and graded high school at the age of 16. Also thank you for the attention you showed my son (Kristopher Beard) when he was at Bakers. Gone but Never Forgotten
    Love The Beard Family💚

  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Ellisha Brown

    Candis: I miss you! I am grateful for so many good memories we shared together as cousins and will always cherish those memories in my heart. I am very grateful that you taught my daughter! Our hope is in the Lord and his resurrection power!

  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Keosha Cole-Gallow

    Forever 49, Forever in our Heart!
    Love and miss you Ms.Candis!
    Love The Gallows

  • June 13, 2020 Reply
    Willie McCullough

    To my cousin Deanna whom I always had cold my aunt Deanna. and to Beverly Joyce. Vera and to my cousin as she laid to rest Joann. I want you all to know that I love you all from the bottom of my heart that I miss you all. And I thank God for your children who I have met and I love them too with all of my heart. I definitely remember Candice and James Earl for school he love playing football when we all was living off of South Post oak and candy she love church she was very smart very intelligent and very educated and I’m definitely going to miss her so much I hate because of this tragedy and we have lost so many within this family. Prayers go out to my cousin Diana and her family. my prayers go out to cousin Carolyn Jack she had lost her daughter cousin Tony. prayers go out to Alfred Sampson he lost his wife. if there is other that had deceased and I do not know about . my prayers and my love and my heart also goes out to the family . But let this family in prayer pray for one in the other that God keep us cover in his blood in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior Amen.✝️🙏🌹

    • June 16, 2020 Reply
      Kim Houston

      To Candis.
      You are truly missed. Love your smile and honesty. My prayers go out to your husband and sons. I know you are in heaven. I remember how you and your husband used to come over to our house. We used sit there and talk while our husbands outside. Candis encouraged me to work out my marriage. Your words were God put us together for a reason and don’t let no one come between us. You and Peter helped us celebrate our 15 year anniversary together. Thank you and Peter was blessing in our lives. RIP sweet angel.

  • June 14, 2020 Reply
    Stephanie Winbush

    Your smile always made my day when you came through those church doors when I was greeting. Your perfume I will always remember as well such a sweet smell for such a sweet soul. Thanks for always helping my little Siddy in dance and encouraging her to step up and dance for the Lord! My girls and I will always have you in our hearts, we love you Candis. Fly high with the Angels, you truly were one living here on earth. RIP we will miss you dearly.

  • July 3, 2020 Reply

    R.I.P. soror.. I will miss you. Love you.

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