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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Margaret Lewis-Mallory

February 15, 2019

Heaven has gained an angel. The kindness, compassion and love that Candice showed for my dad (Walter Lewis) when he was employed by the Nolan’s) will always be remembered and cherished by the entire family. My dad thought of Candice as family; just like a daughter! My mom (Abberteen Lewis) and I send our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Nolan and family.

mark lowder

February 13, 2019

I thought Candice had the most wonderful singing voice she sang on all my children many times !!!!!!! I loved her smile,beauty , and talent !! She played Donna a great character !!!!!! It was deeply moving when she sang be not afraid for a character that had passed away . It was sad when she retired in 1992 !!!!! Glad she was able to start a family !!! My deepest sympathy to the Nolan family !!!!!! Thanks Mark R. Lowder !!!!!!

mary jane sasser

February 12, 2019

what wonderful memories i have of Candice. i met her at church soon after she came to El Dorado .my mom was the biggest fan of “All my children” and candice graciously came to our home
to visit with mother one on one it was a delightful experience i still have her picture with mother on my refrigerator . my prayers are with all of you

Gary Tindall

February 9, 2019

I remember Candice and I went steady in high school. I went to Vietnam and she went to start her career.We remained friends over the years. We met in Lawton one year and talked and talked. I guess you never forget the one love that got away. I'm getting close to seeing you again. You will be missed by so many people.

Felicia Minei Behr

February 8, 2019

I was Executive Producer of All My Children when Candice appeared on the show. She was a talented and special member of our cast and will be remembered fondly by all who worked with her. My deepest condolences to Robert and her entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Felicia Minei Behr

Cliff Lipson

February 8, 2019

Robert and your entire family,
Deepest heartfelt condolences to you all with the passing of Candice, a friend and fellow performer for many years. Candy and I first worked together in HAIR at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, as well as JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Mark Hellinger. A gorgeous voice, a fine actor and a consummate professional, adored by all. I learned of her transition via Broadway World which covered all of the most recent information as well as many photos from her time as an actress on stage and on television, which surprisingly included a photo of Candy & I dancing together at an event in NY. All of the memories of working together and spending time with friends came rushing back, especially seeing the Broadway World image.
Her warmth, honesty and true concern will never be forgotten. Her memory will be held close by all who knew her or were inspired by her work.
Take good care, Cliff Lpson

Lori and John Earley

February 8, 2019

Sending love and prayers to Bob and the rest of the family as you navigate this difficult time. Candi was a very sweet, giving person who will be missed by many.

Carole Burke

February 8, 2019

Though I never knew Candace personally, she was one of my favorite people on All My Children. I always enjoyed her acting. She was a beautiful lady. My heart and thoughts go out to her husband and family. I'm know she gave you many happy years and will be missed. I had no idea of the illness she fought for so many years. Knowing she is now out of pain and whole again gives comfort.

Eugenia Taylor

February 7, 2019

Prayers and condolences from a former Lawtonian and All My Children fan. May you rest well from your life labor.

H T Larzelere

February 7, 2019

Bob & Family

I am so sorry to learn of the death of Candice. I know that she will be greatly missed by all of you. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you during this trying time.