Carole Baldwin

Carole Baldwin

Carole BaldwinCarole Marie (Nelson) Baldwin age 73 of Redwood Falls, formerly of Lake Benton, passed away due to pancreatic cancer on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Echo, MN.  Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls.  Visitation will be held 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday.  Burial will be in the Redwood Falls Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

Carole Marie (Nelson) Baldwin was born November 6, 1942 in Marshall, Minnesota to George and Irma (Miller) Nelson.  She was raised in Lake Benton, and graduated from Lake Benton High School.  She continued to live in Lake Benton and worked as Clerk of County Court in Lincoln County.  Carole was united in marriage to Keith Hodge Baldwin on November 10, 1973 in Lake Benton.  She retired from work before having her first child in 1974 and remained at home to care for her children.  Carole, Keith and their family made their home in Redwood Falls where Carole was active with the Redwood Area Animal Shelter, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Hospital Auxiliary.  She loved her pets, doing pet therapy at the nursing homes, gardening, baking, and watching her grandchildren’s activities.

Carole is survived by her children: James (Dawn) Baldwin of Hastings, NE, Erin Baldwin of Echo, and Shannon (Ray) Sweetman of Echo; grandchildren: Kaylee Baldwin of Des Moines, IA, Zane Baldwin of Hastings, NE, Jonathon, Kassie, Alex & Brayden Sweetman of Echo, and Savannah Guza of Morgan; sister Noreen Nelson of Eagan; and nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents George and Irma, husband Keith, brother Michael, sister Jackie, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

14 thoughts on “Carole Baldwin”

  1. Mary Kay Kerkhoff

    My deepest sympathy to Carole’s family.
    I had the pleasure of knowing Carole through
    the American Legion Auxiliary. Blessed Be her memory.

  2. Leah Ann Johnson

    Sorry for your loss.. I did not know her but am a good friend of Jim and Dawn.. and their children.. and know that it is hard on them to lose her..

  3. Bill & Mary Mann

    Jim, Dawn, and family
    So sorry for your loss
    Those we hold in our arms for awhile we hold in our hearts forever
    Prayers for you at this difficult time

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Carole is now at peace surrounded by her loved ones who have gone before her including her precious animal friends who have been waiting for her at rainbow bridge. I am sorry I can not attend her funeral as I am on vacation. Love from cherished memories is eternal. May the promise of eternal life comfort you now and in the days ahead.

  5. My sympathy to Erin and Shannon. I knew your mother for all the years we lived in Redwood Falls and always enjoyed stopping over to visit and see which animals she had taken in. We both were members of the Humane Society. She was instrumental in getting it started. Carole was truly a caregiver and advocate for animals/pets.

  6. Romelle Pritchett

    To Carol’s family. None of you will know me, but I remember Carol growing up in Lake Benton, MN. She was always a quiet, polite young girl and I was sorry to hear of her passing. I’m sure you are blessed with many happy memories of your lives together. May God be with you in the coming days.

  7. Craig and Cindy LaBrie

    Our thoughts are with Carole’s family at this difficult time. We have memories of growing up next to the Baldwin’s and climbing the “perfect” tree next to the alley. There was also a very interesting hole in the ground one summer that we seemed compelled to drop things in to see what happened! Carole was such a caring “neighbor lady” to all of us neighborhood kids and we enjoyed reconnecting with her after returning to town. Celebrate what a wonderful woman your mother was and may your memories bring healing.

  8. Erin, Shannon&James so sad to hear about the loss of your mother. She was a very kind and patient woman. I enjoyed serving your mother and father at the valley on their date nights and your mother later in life at the Tersteegs deli, she liked her chicken ! Carol would also share a Valentine’s with us that she made at church. May she rest in peace by your fathers side , they can finally have a glass of wine together again. I’m sure she will be especially missed by Shannon & raymonds children . You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Duane and Shereen Frank

    We were very sad today to find out Carole had passed away. She was a wonderful person. We got to know her when our oldest daughter was training one of our dogs. Carole was so wonderful to talk to- she will be missed by our family. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Justin Corder and Family

    Erin and Shannon, I am so sorry for your loss. I can still remember her laughter (very distinct) and her smile, she loved to smile and laugh.

    I was always glad to see her when I was home during leave/vacation over the past 20 years…

    Look to the Lord Jesus Christ in your time of need. He is there for you and wants to provide comfort to you.

  11. Joseph O. Simon

    So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I will allways remember her stopping at the bakery with her grandchildren just to say HI. May the lord be with you at this difficult time. TAKE CARE.

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