Carole 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 www.stephensfuneralservice.com. 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.