Carolyn Randall, 79Carolyn Randall, 79, died March 12, 2012 at the Johnson Home Care in Barrett.
Carolyn Randall, 79, died March 12, 2012 at the Johnson Home Care in Barrett.
Carolyn was born in St. Paul on March 10, 1933, the daughter of Lars and Agnes (Horsenell) Kilen. She graduated from Harding High School in 1950 and began working as a bookkeeper at a bank in St. Paul.
She moved to Michigan, where she met Jim Randall. The couple was married and moved to St. Paul in 1955. Carolyn worked at the Capitol Plumbing Supply and Jim was a mason, specializing in high building repair. The couple’s house burned in St. Paul, which led them to move to Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, where they had land.
In Balsam Lake, Carolyn worked as a social worker assistant for Polk County where she performed, among other things, fraud detection and investigation. During her time in Balsam Lake, she was a very active part of the community. She served the Lord at the United Methodist Church through her work as a Sunday school teacher and vacation Bible school. She sang in the choir, played the piano and participated in many study groups. Jim died in 1980 and Carolyn continued to live in Balsam Lake until retiring to Alexandria in 1998.
Upon arriving in Alexandria, Carolyn became involved with the United Methodist Church and was very active in their operation. She enjoyed cross-stitching, canoeing, traveling, and was a licensed pilot.
She is survived by her brother, George Kilen of Longview, WA; nephew, Ken Kilen of Atherton, CA; niece, Karen Kilen of Federal Way, WA; great-nephew, Alex Kilen of Atherton, CA; and great-niece, Anna Balzarini of Federal Way, WA.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services were held Saturday, March 17 at United Methodist Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Jeff Hansen officiating and Gale Maxwell serving as organist. Inurnment was at Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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