(Sept. 18, 2009)
On Sept. 18, Carla Ann Albrecht-Allen died at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz.
She was born Feb. 23, 1967 in Great Falls, Mont. to John and Margaret Albrecht.
She lived throughout Montana while growing up. She graduated from Evanston High School in Wyoming and went on to pursue a degree in marketing from Montana State University in Bozeman.
She married Billy Van Allen on Dec. 27, 2005 in Bigfork, Mont. Carla and Billy Van made their homes in Billings and Fountain Hills, Ariz. Her life was filled with adventure, happiness, and joy. She was a lifelong fighter and survivor of cancer.
Carla spent much of her time gardening, a passion she and her mother shared. She also loved to travel and experience the world. Ultimately, she loved the outdoors, whether ripping up the lake on her jet ski, snowboarding, kayaking, or taking a walk with her dog, Tic. She was also an avid artist, and she melded her love of art and design and her talent for marketing into a successful graphic arts business, Creative Design.
Carla is survived by her husband Billy Van Allen of Billings; parents Margaret and John Albrecht of Powell Bigfork; sister Christa Secord (Jeff) of Elko, Nev.; and brother Brian Albrecht (Shauna and daughter, Olivia) of Havre, Mont. She was preceded in death by her brother, Craig Daniel; grandparents Millie and Art Albrecht and Marie and Frank Fordik.
A celebration of her life will be held on Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church in Bigfork. A reception will follow at the family home at 180 Peterson Creek Lane in Bigfork. The family requests donations be made to the Carla Albrecht-Allen Memorial Scholarship at MSU Northern Foundation, PO Box 1691, Havre, MT 59501, 406-265-3711.