Carolyn Lee (Giddings) Greenslet Towle passed peacefully on May 11, 2021, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, family and close friends after long and hard-fought battles with many medical complications. Carolyn, aka “Snookie” and “Meme”, daughter of the late Fred C. Giddings and Karol K. (Knowlton) Giddings, was born February 2, 1947, in Claremont, NH. She graduated from Stevens High School in 1965, was a graduate of Burdette Business College in Boston, MA, and Cornell Business College. She was a respected business leader and was dedicated to public service in the Claremont community in many capacities.
Carolyn became the first female Director of Operations in New England while working for Jiffy Mart Convenience Store chains from 1975 to 1999. She served on the board of Vermont and New Hampshire Retail Grocers Association, Claremont Zoning and Planning Boards, Claremont Parks and Recreation Board, Claremont City Council, and was most recently serving on the Claremont School Board. Among her many other accomplishments, in 2018 she was awarded the Greater Claremont Best Scout Citizen of the Year award.
After early retirement in 1999 due to health reasons, Carolyn moved to Florida where she combined her love of animals and public service by volunteering for the Horses for Handicapped therapy program. When she returned to Claremont in 2007, she created and led a 4-H Horsemanship club and mentored young riders. From an early age she had a talent for music and singing, She played the trumpet and sang in All-State High School Band and Choir, played the hand bells at her local church, and for many years sang the National Anthem at the Claremont Speedway, and was a leader of the Claremont Colonial Fife and Drum Corps.
After receiving the lifesaving gift of a long-awaited heart transplant in 2014, Carolyn went back to work as Office Manager for the Law Offices of Wm Howard Dunn. She was always active with projects, loved being “Meme” to her grandchildren, taking her kids and grandkids on adventures to Sea World, Disney World, and York Beach, swimming, traveling, camping, and loved animals of all kinds especially the red Cardinal.
“Snookie” was famous for her Tab, quick wit, green thumb and flower arranging skills, and was always knitting a gift for someone. She was an avid fan of NASCAR, the Tampa Bay Bucs, and spent all of her spare time cheering on her grandkids at sporting events. She was funny, strong, loving and giving, and a fighter of odds to the end.
Carolyn was predeceased by her husband, Randall John Greenslet, Sr. in 1986. She is survived by her four children, Karol M. (Greenslet) Page of Newport NH; Heather L. McCall (Gary McCall) of Claremont NH; Rhonda A. Biddle (Jim Biddle) of Newark DE; and Randall John Greenslet, Jr. (Abigail Roy) of Claremont NH. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Nicholas S. McCall (Emily Patrick) of Claremont; Amerin E. McCall (Angel Taveras) of Boston MA; Eion M. Shuler and Morgan E. Biddle both of Newark DE; Ashley C. Roy of Claremont; and great grandson Maxton C. McCall; and longtime friend Marie Seavey, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Carolyn was an amazing woman who wore her heart on her sleeve, helped anyone and everyone, was a prankster, and inspired her family, co-workers, and friends to Climb Every Mountain.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021, at Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont NH from 5pm to 8pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Church, Claremont, NH, at 10am, followed by burial service at Hillcrest Cemetery in Proctorsville, VT. A celebration of life reception will follow at the Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights Rd, Claremont at 1pm. All friends and family are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Carolyn’s name to Live and Let Live Farm Rescue and Sanctuary in Chichester, NH.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stringer Funeral Home and Carolyn’s family ask all attending the visitation and service to abide with all regulations and please wear a mask and use social distancing.
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