Monday, May 10, 2021


Carolyn Jane Sloan True

Carolyn Jane Sloan True, age 78, of Old Saybrook went to eternal rest peacefully on July 12 at the Guilford House in Guilford after a long illness with family by her side.

Carolyn was born on Oct. 13, 1941, in Providence, Rhode Island to the late Gerald and Edna Sloan, residing in Cranston, Rhode Island. Carolyn graduated from Cranston East High School. She enjoyed spending time with her cousins Jim and Bob Dunn as the Sloan and Dunn families were close growing up. Summer trips to Cape Cod and trips to Jamestown, Rhode Island, were special for each family. Carolyn also enjoyed going to dance classes with her sister Marcia as they were growing up. Her brother Gerald was greatly admired and loved by her four sons.

On June 12, 1965, Carolyn married her husband William T. True, and they were married for 55 years. They moved to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, before buying their first home in Cranston. They moved to Old Saybrook in 1970 and continue to be residents of the community today. Carolyn became the proud mom of four boys whom she loved very much. Carolyn developed many cherished lifelong friends during her time in Old Saybrook.

Carolyn had many favorite things to do throughout her time in Old Saybrook. On any given summer day, you could find Carolyn and her four boys at the Town Beach in Old Saybrook as she described it as the perfect place to bring the boys to during the summer. It can easily be said that the True family all lived and worked for many summers at the Old Saybrook Town Beach. Carolyn enjoyed time on the beach with friends and family, and she was often one of the last people to leave the beach for the day. She loved the smell of the salt air.

Carolyn worked at the Children's Corner and My Second Home as a preschool teacher. Many of the children whom she worked with called her Miss Carol, and she was often lovingly referred to by this name throughout the Old Saybrook community by parents and kids alike during and after their time in preschool.

Carolyn enjoyed time attending Jazzercise classes. She had a love of antiques and would enjoy antiquing. She loved her Volkswagon car Fritz, and she had a love for completing and sharing arts and crafts projects. She enjoyed making cookies and brownies during the holidays and for special occasions.

Carolyn is survived by and will be dearly missed by her husband William; her sister Marcia and brother-in-law David Maneck of Scottsdale, Arizona; her son Bill and his wife Jennifer with grandchildren Sarah, Will, and Megan of South Berwick, Maine; her son Jeff and his wife Paige with grandchildren Sloan and Kelsey of Old Saybrook; her son Scott and his wife Jennifer with grandchildren Matthew and Courtney of Coventry, Rhode Island; and her son Shawn and his wife Donna with grandchildren Zachary and Mackenzie of Westbrook. She leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Carolyn was predeceased by her parents Gerald and Edna Sloan, her sister Beverly, and her brother Gerald Jr. of Cranston, Rhode Island.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Guilford House for their care and support of Carolyn. We also would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Smilow Cancer Care Center. We appreciate all that you did for her while in your care.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Smilow Cancer Care Center, or to Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services. Arrangements are entrusted to the Swan Funeral Home of Old Saybrook, where condolences can be expressed at Services will be private.

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