Caroline Marie Humphrey, age 31, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021. She is survived by her "Mama Bear", Carmen Wilson and step-father, Michael; her father, Gary Humphrey and partner, Michelle Saiz; and many loving family members and friends, all of whom are devastated by the loss of this special young woman.
Caroline entered this world on Sunday, September 10, 1989, in Albuquerque, with a spirit best described as a "spitfire." She was small in size, yet large in personality. As a baby she had natural red highlights in her hair, and her Grandpa took to calling her "Carrots." That became the nickname her friends came to know her by. Carrots was funny, witty, and even as a baby could command a room. If you did not know her well, you might think she was shy, but the truth is, she loved to tease, make up names, and just be her silly little self. And she loved to dance. She became a cheerleader in middle school and joined the Duke City Stars dance team.
She also had a thing for shopping, and in fact became a shoe freak almost as soon as she could wear shoes. At the age of two, she refused to take off her black patent leather shoes, even at bedtime. Mama Bear understood this obsession, and this is how Caroline came to sleep in her shoes. Nana Etna also had a passion for shopping, so much so that Caroline got to call in sick to school for the grand opening of the Cottonwood Mall. There they were, Caroline with Mama Bear and Nana, in the front of the crowd when the doors opened. In fact, the three of them did many things together, like Spa Day at Ojo Caliente, where they took mudbaths and tried all the healing waters.
Caroline grew up near her grandparents, who were a second set of parents for almost her entire life. She spent many hours with them as they retired and took up art. Grandpa Eladio served as taxi, getting Caroline back and forth to school. As Grandpa and Nana grew older, and had difficulties getting around, it was only natural that Caroline would be there for them just as they were for her. She helped them however she could, running errands and just being there for them. When Grandpa died, Caroline moved in and became Nana's primary caregiver. After Nana's death, as the family was trying to figure out what to do with the many fancy dresses and shoes in the closet, Caroline had the idea to take the clothing to the Alzheimer's facility where she worked to distribute among patients with no family members. Caroline loved fixing their hair and helping them dress up. If any of her patients confused Caroline for being a daughter, she did not try to set them straight. She listened and went along. She often reminded others that her patients were not always like this.
Caroline was the trusted friend others could turn to when they needed to talk or just get grounded. She had deep empathy. You could be yourself around Caroline. She was down to earth, no pretenses and no judgment. She loved reality TV--the Housewives of wherever, she loved them all! She blasted music while showering and danced while getting dressed. She had certain sayings, like if something made her happy, she'd say "Yep, that passed the smile test." She doted on her dog October, who she called "Lee," and her recently adopted shih tzu Alex, who she called "Alexander McQueen." Caroline-Carrots--was that lifelong friend who held confidences and who you could count on to be with you fully in the game, celebrating life's milestones and navigating its challenges.
Caroline's own path was not without difficulties. She was a sensitive soul, and all who met her along her winding journey were grateful to have been touched by her light.
Caroline is survived by, in addition to her parents; brothers, Brandon Wilson and family of Mill Creek, WA, and Jared Wilson and wife, Christa and family of Albuquerque; brother, Jacob Humphrey of Albuquerque; aunt, and uncle, Susan and Gilbert Perea of Albuquerque; and cousins, Audrey Perea of Dallas, TX, Felicia and Darin Nunnally of Albuquerque; Ursula Perea of Albuquerque; uncle, Tony Chavez of San Francisco; grandfather, Richard Humphrey of Albuquerque; aunt and uncle, Thelma and Curtis Stanley of Portland, OR; uncle, Sean Humphrey of Albuquerque; grandparents, Karen and Joe Salazar of La Luz, NM; and grandmother, Robbi Wilson of Vancouver, WA. Caroline was predeceased by grandpa, Eladio and Nana, Etna Chavez of Albuquerque; grandfather, Tom Wilson of Vancouver, WA; and grandmothers, Agnes Humphrey and Liz Humphrey of Albuquerque; and Rick Humphrey of Albuquerque.
There will be a Visitation for Caroline on Tuesday, May 11 at FRENCH-University. Covid restrictions have been lifted, and the family welcomes you to come in between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. so say your final goodbyes. Afterwards, the family would like to welcome our community of friends and family to our home for a Celebration of Caroline's Life. Please visit our online guestbook for Caroline at www.FrenchFunerals.com.
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