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 09, 2021
    Bennie Hall says:
    Many wonderful memories of trips with Caroline and Ernie,workshops for HBGFWC and delightful conversations with Caroline. She was always available for you with wit, sincerety and love of life. Even as her health was failing, one special memory will remain with me from when we were shopping to complete a summer project to refresh her home decor. She purchased one painting and loved a second one but decided not to purchase. We traveled on to pick up another item and Caroline was tiring so she asked me to go buy it. When I returned she smiled, “I called and purchased the second painting, we can get it later “. I am so thankful all was installed for her to enjoy before God called her home. She was loved and will truly be missed. God bless Ernie and family.

  • December 09, 2021
    John and Ann VanEerden says:
    Caroline's love of life, her always positive attitude and sense of humor touched us deeply and in many ways. She made her and our world a kinder place. Thanks Caroline. Our deepest sympathy for Ernie and the family.

  • December 13, 2021
    Brenda F Watkins says:
    Caroline was a good friend. We had become friends with Caroline and Ernie around 10 years ago. We have a beach home on the same road they live on.We enjoyed many good times at there house and they at our home. I will miss the talks, shopping trips, good times and the laughter we shared. The last time I was with Caroline, we were at the paint store choosing paint for her kitchen to start a new project. I feel as if I knew Caroline all my life. Caroline was such a blessing to us. I know my husband feels the same. Ernie our prayers and love for you and your family.

  • December 15, 2021
    Sherrill Bridges says:
    Such a dear sweet neighbor. I so enjoyed our chats while she was out taking her daily walk. We shared a lot of laughs