Candice Jean Nolan

August 18, 1950January 31, 2019

Candice Earley Nolan left this life on Thursday, January 31, 2019, and slipped peacefully into Heaven while at home in her bed, surrounded by family after a brave, 8-year struggle with Multiple Systems Atrophy. She was born at Fort Hood, Texas, on August 18, 1950, the daughter of (Colonel, ret.) H.E. Earley and Jean Daily Earley. At a young age, her Father was transferred to Germany where she learned German in Kindergarten. Her Family was transferred to Ft. Sill, in Lawton, Oklahoma, when she was 5 years old.

She was educated in the Lawton public schools, where she was an honor student, and was active in the theatre and arts programs. It was during these years that her 4-Octave coloratura soprano voice was developed and honed via voice lessons. She was selected Miss Lawton and was First Runner-up to Miss Oklahoma. She attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and from there left for San Francisco to begin her stage career. While there, she joined the Cast of Hair in 1969, and shortly was cast in the lead role of “Shelia”. From then on, and through all of her life, she was one of the proud and select members of the “Tribe”.

At age 21, she moved to New York, and was a member of the Broadway “Tribe”. She was then cast as the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway. While eating lunch at Sardi’s, the Casting Director of ABC daytime television asked, “ Who is that attractive mid-western looking type across the room?”. Shortly thereafter she was cast as “Donna” on All My Children, where she starred for 18 years. During this time on AMC, she continued her Broadway stage career playing the lead role of “Sandy” in Grease, and later played the role of “Nellie Forbush”, opposite Bob Goulet, in South Pacific. During her years in New York, she also starred in Summer Stock Productions of Oklahoma, Bells are Ringing, and Woman of the Year. While living in New York, she regularly returned to Lawton, which she considered “home”.

On March 14, 1992, she married Robert C. Nolan. They met during an unplanned “kismet” moment 8 years earlier, by chance, on an airplane, and he immediately and forever fell under her spell. Prior to their marriage, Candi chose to retire from the screen and stage and move to El Dorado, Arkansas, where, in her words, she began the best role she had in her entire life. She brought enormous joy into his life, and his Family’s lives. All who knew her quickly fell under the charm, beauty, intelligence and sweetness of her being.

She was a devout Episcopalian, and a lay-reader in her Church in New York. Her favorite hymn was “It is Well with My Soul”. Her headstone will proclaim the message.

She was predeceased by her Father, Col. H.E. Earley, her Mother, Jean D. Earley, and brothers, Mike and Jack Earley. Left to mourn her passing are her husband, Robert C. Nolan, his children Rob, Justin, and Carrie, and their Families, sister-in-law, Lurlene Earley, niece, Rebecca Craven, and nephew, Dr. Wesley Earley, and their Families, and many, many friends in El Dorado, Arkansas, Lawton, Oklahoma, and New York. She will be desperately missed.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, following a private family interment.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, El Dorado, AR or the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, AR.

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Tom Ryan Grumling

January 14, 2021

For some reason Candi had been on my mind today - not even realizing it was nearly the anniversary of her passing. I met Candi when I was at Ohio University studying theater and journalism. On one of my spring breaks to NYC, I was granted an interview over at All My Children and Candi was one of the cast sent to talk with me. She was one of the sweetest people I had ever met. It seemed as though we had been friends for ages. We stayed in touch through her departure from AMC when she married Bob. I moved to CT and would go hang out with her at the studio. A constant joke between us was that I was from Ohio and went to Ohio U (OU) and her being an Oklahoma girl her support was Oklahoma U (OU) I once brought her an OU Sweatshirt and she gracefully put it on for a photo but joked it would never be worn in public :-) The year I graduated, I worked at the French Woods Festival of the Arts. Candi came up and did a workshop on television acting for the kids and a concert that night. She brought me up on stage and sang the song "Come In From The Rain" to me. That song has been going thru my head all day. Thank you Candi for the memories that still makes me smile.

Derek Knowles

December 6, 2020

I remember Candy from Lawton in the 70's when she first made it on the soap opera. Everytime I saw her back in Lawton she was always sweet and fun, not acting above like some. I was rethinking of dancing with her when again I looked on this sight. May she dance forever ♥

Lynne Aaron

November 13, 2020

I was so sad to hear about her passing.I never met her in real life but I watched her on amc for many years and was sad that she left the show.

Marjorie Pryor

April 9, 2020

I just saw this on my computer. I am so sorry I didn't know sooner. I just loved this lady. I stayed with her in NY when my husband and I were splitting up. At the time she was the girlfriend of Clint Ritchie. I had met her when she was visiting his ranch in California. I was very distraught and she put balance back in my life by her advice and caring love. I knew she had left acting and gotten married but lost track of her. I was so happy for her because I knew she deserved better. It's nice to know she found someone who truly appreciated her. Her beauty and talent combined are very rare indeed. RIP Beautiful Lady. And condolences to her husband.

Geri Anderson

January 7, 2020

I met dear Candace at an autograph signing in Port Richey, Florida sometime in the 1980’s when she was on All My Children, my favorite soap opera.
I was so happy to meet her and found her so gracious and kind as she signed photos and chatted with me and her fans. It is a fond memory I will never forget. I’m the same age as she was and pray that she forever rests in peace.

Sharon Frazier

December 5, 2019

So shocked, and sorry to hear of Candice's death. Beautiful actress, thank you for your contribution to my soap addiction. So proud to say we have Oklahoma in common. We shall meet on the other side.

Ted David

August 28, 2019

My wife and I were big fans of All My Children and of course the character of “Donna Beck” stood out in our minds because of her wonder full interaction with the late Ruth Warwick as Phoebe Tyler. We were just commenting on their amusing relationship and I decided to Google Candice only to learn of her tragic and premature passing earlier this year. She brought millions so much joy and pleasure on stage and on television. May she Rest In Peace

Billy Ferrell

June 2, 2019

Candi and I performed in several shows in the mid-80's in which she was the star and I was her special guest. I adored her and still do. There was no other person like Candi: so good, so loving, so generous, and so kind. Her talent was beyond measure, and I learned so much from performing with her. However, what I learned most from being with Candi was to be a better person, like she was. Bob, if you see this, I'm so sorry for your loss. I met you both in Tulsa - shortly after you had met - and even then, she glowed when she spoke of you. We ended the Lawton show with an encore, "We Will Have These Moments to Remember." Thank you, Candi, for giving me so many magic moments that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Until we meet in heaven, dear friend. Thank you, and I love you.

Mike Cusanelli

May 14, 2019

Candice was my partner on The $20000 Pyramid in 1976. She was a lovely soul and made me feel comfortable. Sadly the full week we were on are lost to time. I just learned of her passing and am very sorry. A lovely and sweet person. She left too soon.
Mike Cusanelli

Bob Marcotte

March 10, 2019

I met Candi back in Junior High in the Ft. Still days. Did not know her that well, but remember all the life and flash in those eyes. Never knew, until much later, all the talent that she developed.

Always high spirited and a smile for everyone. Well lived life, and will be missed by many.