Carrie has had some incredible and somber experiences. At the age of 12, she lost her father to a fatal heart attack. When she was 28, she lost her brother, who died in a freak car accident. Her remaining immediate family, consisting of her mom, niece, and her husband and their two children, all live in El Paso. However, despite the hardship of losing family members, Carrie has also had some incredible experiences and memories. In addition to graduating from college with two Masters Degrees, it was marrying her wife, Char, in 2013 that was the most memorable moment in her life. After fighting for marriage equality for over a decade, Carrie and Char were the fifth couple to be granted a marriage license on August 21, 2013. On that day, the County Clerk’s office began issuing same-sex marriage licenses, arguing that the New Mexico State Constitution did not specify the gender of those getting married. In December of 2013, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in favor of this effort. Carrie and Char heard the news while on their honeymoon in Aruba.
The second most memorable moment was meeting former President Barak Obama while in Washington, DC for the designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Carrie was invited to speak at the ceremony that designated OMDP, being the sole representative speaking for New Mexico. She spoke of the economic benefits to local economies with the designation of a national monument. She was able to meet President Obama, thank him for his support of OMDP and thank him on behalf of her wife and herself. She also was able to thank former Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, who was a champion for national monuments.