Carmen joyfully celebrated her 100th birthday with her family by her side on December 28, 2021. She was called home on June 1, 2022, in Socorro, N.M.
Carmen was born in Phoenix, Ariz., to Romolo Rosas and Cecilia Vasquez Rosas. The possibility of inheriting good genes, working hard and staying active were components for Carmen living a long and wonderful life.
Carmen is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold L. Quinn; son Ronald (Ronnie) Quinn; and siblings, Angel Hernandez, David Rosas, Benjamin Rosas, Raul Montez, Margaret Rose Sapien and Hope Montez Ramirez.
Carmen is survived by her son Richard Quinn and his children, Catalina, Dominique and Matthew, and daughter-in-law, Maria Quinn. Also, she is survived by Ronnie’s children, Jordan, Devin and Arnette, and daughter-in-law Cindy Quinn. Carmen also had three great-grandchildren, Malaki Valdez and Mila and Mayrose Lopez, as well as family members, nieces, nephews and life-long friends.
Carmen and Harold got married in August of 1955 in California. They lived there until they moved to Deming, N.M., in 1966. Carmen and Harold worked in the retail business, and they bought the Rosco Store in Socorro, N.M., then went on to purchase Brownbilt’s Shoes and Western Wear.
The Quinns always felt true loyalty from their customers, and Carmen and Harold were willing to do whatever they could to help meet the needs of individuals and families. The Quinns called other local business owners “friends” and were proud to have dedicated and hard-working employees help their business be successful.
Carmen was definitely a city girl and had a unique style of her own. She incorporated western wear attire into her daily appearance and adapted her own look with the local handmade Native jewelry. She loved getting her “hair done” and looked forward to taking her “lunch break” with her husband as they worked side by side every day.
Carmen looked forward to spending vacation time and summers with family in California. She was raised by her “Tia” Mary Hernandez in Fontana. Carmen shared a special bond with her tia and her siblings.
She shared stories of working in the orange groves, and winning dance contests and dancing the “jitterbug” to good old rock ’n roll with her brothers.
Carmen would be described as a patient and graceful woman. She liked to sew, and enjoyed the casinos and cheering for the UNM Lobos and the LA Dodgers.
On Sundays, she would watch golf on TV with her husband and really enjoyed watching professional basketball. She never spoke poorly of someone and was an intuitive woman.
She brought her family and friends smiles, laughter and love, and we are extremely blessed that she was given 100 years. Carmen will be missed and her family thanks you for being a part of her life.
A memorial and burial will take place at a later date.