Carolyne Vance (Lauderdale) Wallace

August 7, 1937 ~ April 30, 2021 (age 83)


Carolyne passed away peacefully on April 30, 2021 surrounded by family.

Carolyne was born August 7, 1937 to E. Lucille Johnston Lauderdale and Charles W. Lauderdale, Jr. in Beaumont, TX. Carolyne graduated from high school in Midland, TX and attended Texas Tech University where she said she majored in MRS. She obtained her MRS when she met the love of her life, Charles “Chick” Wallace. They married in 1957 and had 63+ happy years together. Carolyne worked at the University of Alaska for 28 years and served on the Staff Counsel and Grievance Committees and served on the University Foundation Board for several years. She received the meritorious service award from the University in 2018. She was active in the Garden Club, Republican Women, PEO, loved playing bridge, and volunteering for various functions to improve the Fairbanks community. She was an avid supporter of the military community, both the Army and Air Force.

A couple of her favorite sayings: “When I die, tell the undertaker to drive real slow when he passes the hair salon so I can get my hair done”. Also, “Do not go and stand between me and the door as I will run over you.” She was always dressed to the nines and ready for a good party whether throwing or attending. Anyone who knew Carolyne knew she was a true Southern Belle who took pride in looking her best. She was affectionately known as “the velvet glove with the iron fist” because behind the warm Southern façade was a fearless woman with a backbone of steel. People were always a little taken aback by her love of Alaska. Chick had asked if she wanted to relocate for health reasons and she always replied no, this is my home and where my friends are. Her kind and loving nature made her “Mom” to more people than the family realized. Her opinions and her sense of fairness made her opinions sought after.

Carolyne is survived by husband, Chick, her children, Clay (Rochelle), Chris, Coke (Joann), Cullen, and Courtney Pagh (Steven), 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and brothers, Charles W. Lauderdale, III and Michael E. Lauderdale.


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