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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