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Candace “Candy” Bisby peacefully left us on September 16, 2023, surrounded by family in the North Big Horn Hospital, in Lovell, Wyoming. Candy was born on April 30, 1948, in Weymouth, Massachusetts, to Kenneth and Irene Elder. She was welcomed into the family by two sisters, Ruthanne and Nancy. She had fond memories of her time in Weymouth, especially riding the train to Boston with her grandmother. They enjoyed Christmas holiday shopping and taking in fancy window displays that seemed to step right out of the movies. At the age of 14, Candy’s family moved to Hawaii where her dad had employment working as an electrical contractor. There she found paradise, with Ewa Beach in Oahu just beyond her bedroom window. Candy loved Hawaii and always carried a piece of it in her heart.
Her father’s job required him to travel and sometimes brought his family along. They spent a summer in Panama and another in Honduras. Candy's memories of these places included wonderful seafood, horses and her dad catching an 8-foot Tuna that nearly filled their kitchen.
Anyone who knew Candy, knew that she loved animals, especially horses and cats; she loved many throughout her life. It was a sad day, when Candy could no longer ride—yet, she continued this love by watching Rodeo every day. Perhaps to her neighbors’ dismay, it was her mission to feed every stray cat, whose kittens she sometimes adopted. Upon her death, she left behind 5 of her beloved cats.
Candy attended McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated in 1967. For graduation her grandmother gave her $300 with which she was finally able to purchase her first horse, a saddle, tack and brand-new cowboy boots! Candy walked a mile each way to ride and care for her horse. It was on one of her rides that she interrupted William (Bill) Clark’s plans to travel to Australia. Candy captured his heart, and she had found her Wyoming cowboy—Bill chose Candy over Australia and married her on June 12, 1971, in Pupukea, Hawaii. Later, their son, William (BJ) Clark was born on February 6, 1972. Soon after, they moved their small family to Bill's home state of Wyoming to begin life in the West.
In Wyoming, Bill and Candy lived various places, as they followed the oil fields. After several years, they moved to Byron, Wyoming, where they built their life for 23 years. They enjoyed horseback riding, afternoon drives on back roads and drinking cold beer with friends. Bill later developed complications from diabetes and sadly died November 13, 2002. Candy remained at home, missing Bill, and her son, BJ and only granddaughter, Tiffany, who lived in Germany. Her biggest regret was that she never got to see them before she passed. She loved them deeply.
Candy’s house and heart were empty until she met Elmer Bisby when he delivered her meals-on-wheels. After months of meal deliveries and visits, Candy and Elmer married on December 8, 2007, and moved to his home in Lovell, Wyoming. Upon this marriage, Candy gained six more children and oodles of grandchildren! Candy and Elmer enjoyed gardening, camping and family parties. Their time together was full, but short. Elmer passed away on June 3, 2011.
Candy continued to live at her home in Lovell, despite many health problems. She received the support of several care givers who allowed her to continue living in her home. Candy loved them all as family, but most especially, she loved Miranda McLean who stayed with her for 8 years. Miranda gave her special care but also challenged her to do and be more than she thought she could.
Candy was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Church, and she was a long-time member of Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lovell, Wyoming. Although she wasn’t physically able to attend church services for some time, she was so grateful for Pastor Brandt and Pastor Benson who frequently visited and brought her communion.
Candy always hoped to visit her beloved Hawaii again and the family that lived there, yet it wasn’t to be. We’re sure she is saying “Aloha” from heaven to them all, especially, her dear niece, Cindy Naeole Kaina and her dear family.
Candy is preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Irene Elder; husbands, William (Bill) Clark & Elmer Bisby; her sister, Nancy Naeole and brother in-law Clifford Naeole; 14 Clark siblings and step-great-grandchildren, Christine Croft and Dominic Hunder.
Candy is survived by her sister, Ruthanne Creed; her son William (BJ) Clark, and granddaughter, Tiffany (Marcel) Clark; brother-in-law, Jay Clark; several nephews & nieces, including her special nieces, June Rubis Allen and Cindy Naeole Kaina. Stepchildren include Donna (Jim) Blick; Donald (Carla) Bisby; Cindy Croft; Karen (Jeffery) Wardell; Laura (Ernest) Workman; and Sandy Tippetts. Candy also enjoyed 21 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.