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Carrie Lou Stelzner


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Carrie Lou Stelzner was born February 19, 1924 in Atkins, Arkansas to Fred and Louise (Griffin) Kinder. She peacefully passed away at her home in Roswell, NM on March 6, 2019.

She attended several public schools in Arkansas and graduated from T.A. Futrall High School in Marianna, Arkansas in 1942. She as an Aeronautical Engineering Cadette at the University of Texas during World War II. She graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and received the M.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. She was a teacher of mathematics for 30 years. She taught in Midland, California; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Florham Park, New Jersey; Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands; and Hobbs, New Mexico.

She married Edward F. Stelzner on December 12, 1945 in Charleston, South Carolina. He preceded her in death on February 10, 2004. She was also predeceased by her sister, Betsy Kinder Campbell, son-in-law, Will Parsons, granddaughter, Kim Belyeu and grandson, Kevin Belyeu.

She was a member, trustee, and lay leader of Trinity United Methodist Church in Roswell. She held several offices in United Methodist Women.

She and her husband retired to Hobbs, N.M. in 1986 to be near family. They served as volunteer tutors in both elementary and high schools. Carrie helped establish and taught in an in-house school at the Humphrey House, a group home for abused or abandoned teens. She received the Lea County Woman of the Year award.

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Carrie and Ed moved to Roswell, NM in 2001 to be near family.

Carrie is survived by her three daughters, Susie Parsons and Fran Belyeu (Ken) of Roswell, NM, and Mary McConnell (John) of Levelland, Texas. She is also survived by one son, Griff Stelzner (Barbara) of Camarillo, CA.

In addition, she is survived by 8 grandchildren (Eric, Lori, Steve, Kimberley, Bruce, Carrie, Matthew and Jeffrey) 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Her body has been cremated according to her wishes.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30th at South Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, Assurance Home, Kindred Hospice, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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