Obituary for María del Carmen Romo Carabeo

María del Carmen Romo Carabeo joined our father, Juan Carabeo in heaven on Saturday, July 1 surrounded by her family.

Carmen was born on July 27, 1938, to Francisco and Arcelia Romo in Naco, Sonora, Mexico. She was raised in Naco and was an elementary school teacher until our dad whisked her away to Bisbee, Arizona, in November 1956. She is preceded in death by our dad; her daughter, Patricia; sisters, Lidia Denogean, and Gelo Corrales, and brothers, Kiko Romo,  Prosperó Romo, and Sijifredo Romo.

Carmen retired from Phelps Dodge Mercantile as a sales associate. After her retirement, she took care of our dad and our sister, Caro. For a couple of years, she worked for the Clifton Police Department where she loved everyone she worked with.

María del Carmen Romo Carabeo

Nana Carmen, as everyone knows her, loved making her famous tamales, and watching daily Mass, telenovelas, and Family Feud. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, the Spanish Choir, the Red Hats, and a Cursillista. During the voting season, anyone who went to vote knew that they were going to be greeted by Carmen’s cheerful accent and a huge smile. The volunteers couldn’t wait till mom got there so they could eat her delicious pozole. She loved telling jokes and sometimes they weren’t too clean. 

The proudest joy in her life is the creation of three generations of children. Children: Maria (Taco) Brinton, Johnny (Dawn) Carabeo, Annie (David) Quintino, Cathy (Rob) Maschue, Carol Ulery, and Brenda Street. Grandchildren: Angelica (John) Carden, Gabriel (Sarah) Brinton, Chuy (Nicole) Quintino, John Quintino, Sean Maschue, Christopher (Katherine) Maschue, Monica (Ricky) Cannata, Daniel Maschue, Kelsey (Pugs) Pugmire, Juanito Carabeo, Kylee Carabeo, Becca Ulery, Charleigh Street, and Brooklyn Street. Great grandchildren: Anna, Jaime, Kailey, and Khloe Quintino, Mallory, Brielle, Jayce, and Eli Carden, Elias, Andres, and Sarai Quintino, Corbin Ulery, and Azlina Dominguez, Ever Carabeo, Ryan, Desmond, Maddox, and Colum Maschue, Liam Maschue-Hinojosa, and Koa, and Sage Brinton. She is also survived by her dog, Lulu; sisters, Juanita Romo Bravo,  Licha Romo Villegas, Coty Romo Mora, and sisters-in-law, Angie Casillas and Tota Carabeo.

Her Celebration of Life is on Saturday, July 15 at 9 a.m. at Holy Cross Church in Morenci, starting with the Rosary, followed by Mass and interment at Sacred Heart Cemetary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Cross Church, Morenci, Arizona. Our beautiful mom (Muñeca) reached the pearly gates perfectly dressed in her pearls and lipstick. We miss her so much already. Nana Carmen was one of a kind who loved everyone, laughed out loud, loved to dance, loved fried shrimp and fries, and loved our Lord and her faith.  

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