Carolyn I. Heldenbrand, 63 of Barnesville, Minnesota died Saturday, December 4, 2010, in her home in Barnesville. Carolyn Irene was born June 2, 1947 in Stanley, Kansas to Douglas and Mildred (fields) Ford. She attended school and grew to womanhood in that area. She got her first job at Mugs-Up Drive In, Kansas City, Missouri when she was 15 and with her first pay check purchased her first new coat. While living in Fridley, Minnesota she worked for the Trend Company in Minneapolis. She later moved to Lisbon, North Dakota where she worked for the Bobcat Corporation as a line operator. Carolyn was also employed by Smuckers in West Fargo for six years as a Quality Control Specialist. Carolyn enjoyed being a stay at home Mom whenever possible. Her last move was to Barnesville where she lived untilthe time of her death. Carolyn loved to be out doors but her main love was her flower garden. She truly had a green thumb and spent many days keeping her garden at its best. There was one thing she loved more than her gardens and that was her family. Carolyn always put her family first in her life and made sure their need were met before her own. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren; her eyes would light up every time they came into sight. Carolyn also enjoyed cooking, baking, shopping, antiquing and time spent at their lake home fishing and watching her grandkids swim and play in the water. She was an avid reader who enjoyed reading her Bible and listening to her grandkids reading to her. Carolyn will be missed by all, especially her family. She was such a loving mother, wife and grandmother. We are all going to miss her gentle words and loving touch. Carloyn is survived by her husband, Timothy Heldenbrand Sr. of Barnesville; two daughters, Chris (LyDell) Mairs of Lisbon, North Dakota and Karla (Casey) Tidd of Barnesville; two sons, Paul (Lapama) Holtel of Victorville, California and Timothy (Ashley) Heldenbrand Jr. of Moorhead; 10 grandchildren, Mathew, Kyle, Rhonda and Johnny Holtel, Spencer and Hunter Mairs, Alexis, Christian and Zoey Tidd-Heldenbrand, Austin Schultz-Heldenbrand. She is also survived by her mother-in-law Shirley Nuemiller of Jamestown, North Dakota; two brothers, Larry and Charles Ford and two sisters, Helen and Suzie Ford, She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and many friends.