Carolyn “Caroline” Todd Galan

March 23, 1943 - November 25, 2021
Carolyn “Caroline” Todd Galan

Holden Beach, NC – Carolyn “Caroline” Todd Galan, 78, of Holden Beach, NC died after a three-month battle fighting pancreatic cancer on November 25, 2021.

Born in Whiteville, NC on March 23, 1943 she was the loving wife of Ernest “Ernie” Galan for 47 years and the daughter of the late Daniel Lamar and Emma Fritts Todd.

She graduated from Whiteville High School and earned a BS in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. She taught school and was an account executive for American Medical International.

She formerly lived in Whiteville, NC; Greenville, NC; Redondo Beach, CA; Newport Beach, CA; Costa Mesa, CA, LaMesa, CA and retired at Holden Beach.

Carolyn was a charter member (2007) of the Holden Beach Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) and enjoyed working in arts and education coordinating the children’s writing contest and serving on the annual gala event committee. She served GFWC-NC as the Boys and Girls Home Chairwoman. As a member of The Holden Beach Chapel she served as a trustee, President of the Ladies Fellowship group and played in the handbell choir. She enjoyed Pilates, spending time with family and friends, playing bridge and reading.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, William Lamar Todd and Jack Lionel Todd. Surviving are her husband, Ernest “Ernie” Galan, her stepson, Richard Galan; her stepdaughter, Candace Galan Jensen(Steve); her step-grandsons, Nicholas Dice Jensen and Joseph Stephen Jensen, and her brother Edwin Daniel Todd (Mary). She has 6 nephews and nieces: Henrietta Fritts Todd, Jack Lionel Todd, Jr.(Christine), Frank Daniel Todd(Karen), Mary Kathryn van Eerden(Brian), Shane Lomax Todd(Carri Leigh), Martha Wallyce Todd. She has 10 great-nephews and nieces: Emmalee Megan Todd, Daniel William Todd, Jack Lionel Todd, III, Samuel Smith Todd, William Lamar Todd, Robert William Todd, Abigail Elizabeth van Eerden, Leila Kathryn Todd, Lillian Paige Todd, Mary Anneke van Eerden.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted on Saturday, December 18, 2021, 2:00 pm in the Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462.

In Carolyn’s memory, donations may be made to Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St, Holden Beach, NC 28462 and Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina, P.O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.

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  • December 03, 2021
    Claudia Kilmit says:
    Caroline knew how to enjoy life and made everything you got to do with her fun. She loved to laugh. When we came to visit from California, we would take long walks on the beach, collect shells and catch crabs. She was a truly Blessing in my life.

  • December 03, 2021
    Sharon P. Guenther, Wilkesboro, NC says:
    Caroline was a fun traveling companion. We traveled to Florida, Greece and Costa Rica together with Ann and Carol. We certainly never had a dull moment. She was a gracious hostess when visiting her home. I will miss her greatly. My love, prayers and hugs go out to Ernie and the rest of her family.

  • December 06, 2021
    Erminia Taranto says:
    Carolyn and Ernie were "adopted" by the Taranto family of San Diego. We had many holiday dinners at Grandma Josie and Grandpa Jim's house. Tony and I traveled to the East Coast. We stayed at their house on the coastal water way. Tony loved fishing from their pier. She will be missed. Maybe she and Tony are having fun in heaven.Love you, Sweet Carolyn.

  • December 06, 2021
    Louise and John barkley says:
    What a beautiful person and beloved classmate such an inspiration She will be greatly missed. Love you Carolyn your whiteville high school class of 1961

  • December 09, 2021
    Bennie Hall says:
    Loyal,joyful,beautiful friend