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Carol Carthew Tallman

July 27, 1935 — May 11, 2024


Loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many, Carol passed away on May 11th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Carol Carthew Tallman was born in 1935 to Arthur and Maybelle Moore Carthew in Los Angeles. Carol's father was a university professor who worked as a ranger-naturalist in the National Parks. Carol therefore spent her childhood summers in Lassen and Yosemite National Parks, where her father passed on his love of nature. In turn, Carol passed this love of nature to her children, who spent many summers at camps where they sang by campfires and learned to appreciate the outdoors. Carol also loved the arts of the Native Peoples and developed a life-long love of collecting Native American baskets, jewelry, pottery, rugs, and other artworks. Consistent with her generous spirit, Carol donated this collection to the CN Gorman Museum in California, as well as works to museums in Lassen and Yosemite, and in Modoc CA and Aztec NM.

Carol graduated with a degree in geography from UCLA and received a Master's in Education from Loma Linda University. She then worked in secondary education as a teacher, dean, vice principal and guidance counselor. The positive impact her work had on the lives of so many was recognized by an award from West Point. One of her proudest achievements was creating an organization called "Bully Busters" to counter bullying in schools.

But Carol's greatest love and devotion was reserved for her family. In 1958 Carol married Donald W. Tallman. They celebrated 63 years together before Don passed away in 2021.Carol and Don had two children-Steven and Susie-who they raised in Riverside, California. The family was active in the Episcopal Church and enjoyed many trips together, especially road trips around the American West.

After retiring and traveling the world visiting all seven continents, Carol and Don moved to Albuquerque in 2001 to be near family. In the years that followed, Carol became a loving WaWa to her grandchildren Tessa, Trent and Lance, who lived just down the road. Her grandchildren became a major focus in her later life and a great source of happiness for her.

Carol was known for her kindness and generosity. She constantly looked after others. She had a radiant smile, inexhaustible energy, and incredible work ethic. She took joy in the laughter of her family, her daughter's beautiful singing, and tales of her son's travels around the world for work. She passed peacefully, in the knowledge that she had done everything possible for her family, that everything was in order, and that she would soon be reunited with her husband.

Carol's ashes will be interred next to Don's in Modoc California, near the homestead of Carol's great grandmother, Amanda Boyd. She is survived by her son Steven and his husband Yuri, daughter Susie, her husband Steve and their children Tessa, Trent and Lance, her brother John, Don's brother Chuck, her nieces Kathy, Jamie and Laura and nephews David and Bret and their families.

A memorial service will be held Friday May 17th at 2:00pm in Carter Hall at La Vida Llena, 10510 Lagrima de Oro NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. All are welcome.

Please visit our online guestbook for Carol at

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