Allen Stella Quick-Carter


Allen Stella Quick-Carter, 88 years of age, passed away (gained her wings and went to live with Jesus), on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, at her daughter’s home in Rio Rancho, N.M. Stella was born in Wagon Mound, N.M., in 1935. Her family moved to San Jon, N.M., in 1949.

She and Dad, Otis Quick, raised their children knowing of the love of Christ and the sacrifice given freely so we can have eternal life. For that, we are so very grateful knowing and accepting the peace and joy of eternal life. Stella is best known for her love of God, family, life and nature; a sense of humor that never stopped; marathon shopping sprees; and the strongest work ethic of all time. Her integrity was impeccable. She retired from Purolator Courier while living in San Jon, N.M., and from Archuleta County Center in Pagosa Springs, Colo. She and her late husband, Frank Carter, lived in Pagosa Springs, Colo., for the last 26 years.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents, Juan Tobias, and Serafina Garcia; her siblings, Louise Hill, Flamina Angel and Jose Tobias Garcia; her spouses, Otis Quick and Frank Carter; her daughter, Catherine Paralee I, and son Perry; daughter-in-law Cindy Quick; son-in-law Keith Williams; grandchildren Haily Box and Sharmin Rodriguez; and great-grandchildren Kris Byer and Melanie Hayden.

Stella is survived by her children and their spouses: John and Bonna Quick, Otis and Delores Quick, Connie Williams, Lee and Dedra Quick, David and Amy Quick, Catherine Quick II; 31 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; and 42 great-great-grandchildren. We will see you again, Mom. 

Her family invites you to a graveside service on Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at Sandia Memory Garden (9500 San Pedro Drive NE), Albuquerque, N.M. There will be a memorial service in Pagosa Springs, Colo., in the late spring or summer for those unable to attend at this time. Details to be determined.