Barbara ‘Barb’ Folden

Barbara “Barb” Folden, 66, Ryder, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at her home. Funeral services will held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ryder. Burial will be in the Ryder Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.

Barbara Ann Folden was born Dec. 3, 1946, to Jacob and Clara (Ortman) Bohlender, and was raised on a farm north of Benedict. She married Ardell Folden on Sept. 26, 1967, and they made their home in Ryder.

Barb started working for Fred Maercklein at Maercklein Insurance Agency in Minot while attending college. She continued working at Maercklein’s Insurance until starting her own tax and bookkeeping business out of her home in Ryder in the early 1990s. Barb was also the Ryder City Auditor for 32 years; as well as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Ryder-Makoti Rural Fire Protection District for 23 years. Barb served both capacities diligently until failing eyesight forced her to give up both positions in the early part of 2012.

Perhaps Barb’s greatest legacy will be the role she played as babysitter. During the years her children were growing up and for years afterward, she thoroughly enjoyed her role as the neighborhood babysitter and seemed to be everyone’s “Mom.”

In her “spare time,” Barb and Ardell enjoyed spending time staying in their camper at the various threshing shows that they traveled to. Barb also loved to sew. She sewed countless dresses, many of which went to her granddaughters.

Barb is survived by: her husband, Ardell, Ryder; sons, Paul (Lonna) Folden, Garrison, Roger Folden (Beth Hall), Ryder; grandchildren, Danielle (Matthew) Pavlick, Minot, Blane (Jessica) Folden, Minot, Katie Folden, Garrison, Ashley (Mike Kahl) Folden, Garrison, Courtney Folden, Garrison, Blake Folden, Ryder, Jordan Hall, Minot, Kamara Hall, Minot; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Emma Pavlick, Minot; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Clara Bohlender; brother, Marvin Bohlender; and sister, Linda Dockter.

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