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Cindy Kay Carlson, age 48, of Billings, died peacefully in her home on Monday, May 12, 2003.

Afterglow

"I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when the day is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the way of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave behind when day is done." Author Unknown

Cindy was born April 15, 1955, to Lowell and Alice Rasmussen of Dagmar. The fourth of six girls, she was the gardener and the lawn mower. Farmers Union and Bible Camp were favorite activities in the summers at the Nathanael Lutheran Church. When the family farm was sold, the family moved to Plentywood. Cindy graduated from Plentywood High School in 1973.

Cindy and Glen Carlson were married in 1972 and had two children, Julie and Joel, who were the center of her life. Cindy worked on the farm with Glen and was involved with her church, the Raymond Homemakers, 4-H, as well as her children's activities.

Cindy and Glen divorced and Cindy moved to Billings where she started a new life, obtaining her bachelor's degree in nursing in May of 1996. Cindy worked as a nurse at St. Johns Lutheran Home, St. Vincent Healthcare and was the director of nursing at Valley Health Care. In March 1999, Cindy went to work at Hematology Oncology Centers of the Northern Rockies and earned the certification of Oncology Certified Nurse. She started there as a float nurse and then became Dr. Benjamin Marchello's nurse.

In the spring of 2001, Glen and Cindy were reunited and were planning to remarry. Cindy was planning to move back to the farm with Glen in Raymond. In March 2002, Cindy was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Cindy stayed in Billings, but visited the farm and her family and friends in Plentywood as often as she could.

Cindy never gave up, maintained a positive attitude, and always kept her head held high with a smile. She enjoyed the simple things in life and was always thinking of others. She loomed over 100 sets of hot pads and made sure that she had a set for everyone. She also collected angels and to everyone that knew Cindy, she was an angel of her own collection.

Cindy is survived by her fiancÈ, Glen Carlson of Raymond; her daughter Julie Carlson and her fiancÈ, Dallas Wirtz, of Billings; her son, Joel Carlson of Raymond and his girlfriend, Becky Halverson of Plentywood; five sisters and their spouses, Eileen (Butch) Nielsen of Plentywood, Connie (Lee) Buchanan of Billings, Donna (Bayard) Brekke of Plentywood, Darcie (David) Shields of Bonita, Calif., and Jill Rasmussen-Baker (Eric) of Buchanan, Mich.; her mother-in-law, Clarice Carlson of Plentywood; her sister-in-law, Lynelle (Gary) Orton of Hinsdale, Ill.; and by her nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Cindy was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Billings and on Friday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at Plentywood Lutheran Church in Plentywood. Interment will follow at Plentywood Memorial Park.

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