Carol Susan Golden left us suddenly on February 25, 2021. She joined her parents, Donald H. Golden, Jr. and Helen E. Golden, nee Simons, as well as her sister, Judith “Judy” Ann Golden. She was born October 29, 1954 in Rockville, Maryland. During her school years in Rockville, she was a competitive swimmer. Carol graduated from Gettysburg College and earned a master’s degree from Duke University. She remained an avid Blue Devils fan. She worked as a physical therapist including as a Physical Therapy Director at Charlotte Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Neal Newsome, her longtime friend and partner, is left to grieve her along with many friends and family. For when Carol met a person, that person became a friend and remained so.
She later adopted Mount Holly, NC as her extended family,and they loved her back. She became a member of Mount Holly First United Methodist Church on February 5, 2017. She was part of many missions, ministries and groups of the church including the Holy Ground Team, the Staff Parish Relations Committee, and a Shepherd on the Shepherd Ministry. She was instrumental in establishing the Memorial Garden. She and Neal read the entire Bible together during their daily devotions.
Carol was an active member and supporter of the following: Mount Holly Community Garden as a gardener, board member, current vice president, and one of the founders; former member of the board and past market manager of the Mount Holly Farmers Market; past trip committee chairperson and current member of the plant sale committee for the Gaston County Master Gardeners; an active member of Arts of Mount Holly and avid patron of local artists; a leader and manager of the Merry Market of Mount Holly; a supporter of Mount Holly Historical Society; a volunteer for Meals on Wheels; a silver leader in Young Living Essential Oils; and she was active with Mount Holly Community Development Foundation. In 2017 Carol was Volunteer of the Year.
We remember Carol as never meeting a stranger, always acting with enthusiasm, and striving for perfection in all ways. Carol was an excellent listener and gently gave good counsel. She was an artist in all endeavors, and she was an excellent photographer. Her mindfulness and yoga practice were important to her. During part of her life Carol was also a potter. Her most recent pursuit was to learn beekeeping.
A Celebration of Carol’s Life will take place Sunday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mount Holly Community Garden, 140 North Main Street, Mount Holly.
Carol’s family and friends gratefully acknowledge Ruth Weber and her treasured neighbors for all of their assistance during this difficult time.
Painter Funeral & Cremation Services is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.PainterFuneral.com. Memorials may be made to Mount Holly First United Methodist Church, the Mount Holly Community Garden, or a charity of your choice.
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