Denise Regan

Denise Diane Regan went to be with Our Lord on the morning of May 28, 2022, at the age of 63 at home. Denise was born on September 13, 1958 in Red Bank, New Jersey. She spent her first 20 years of life in New Jersey. In 1978, this Jersey girl made her way to Texas. Amarillo has been her home for 43 years. This is where she raised her family. She had two amazing daughters, Tina and April. She raised these girls to be strong, independent, loving women.

Denise was full of fire, full of spunk, and had the most awesome laugh that everyone knew. She also was a really good softball player. The family all played on a team together and those were some fun memories. She may have been in Texas most of her life, but you could always hear the Yankee accent come out when she talked. She was an avid Yankees fan. Derek Jeter was her favorite.

She was one of the most amazing cooks of all time. Everyone looked forward to holidays when she would make everything from scratch and with so much love. If you came into the kitchen while she was working on her masterpieces, she’d yell at you to get out.

She took pride in taking care of others. 1998 was the first year she upgraded from Mom to Nana. Oh how she wore that name with such love and honor. It wasn’t just the 6 grandchildren who called her Nana though. Every person who came into her life called her Nana. She took them in as if they were her own.

For the last 15 years, she lived with her daughter April and April’s husband Caleb. Denise was so selfless and did so much for others and never expected anything in return. She did it out of love. She loved to dance. She loved music and gathering with friends and family, and of course, cooking for everyone. One of the most admirable attributes of our beloved mom was that she was a fierce protector of those she loved. Her love, laughter, smile, and kindness will be missed tremendously.

Denise was preceded in death by her parents, John Carney and Diane Carhart, and her sister, Jackie.

Survivors include two brothers; two sisters; her daughters, Tina Lucero and husband Eddie, and daughter April Fowler and husband Caleb; six grandchildren, Christiana Salayandia and husband Eli Salayandia, Caya Lucero, Aiden Lucero, Joey Fowler, Jesse Fowler, and Coltin Fowler, and two great grandchildren, Lincoln and Amara Salayandia.

If you knew Denise, you knew she would not want you to cry for the loss of this amazing woman, but celebrate her life and rejoice about her reunion with God.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 3, 2022, at Power Church, 1344 SE 10th Ave.


  1. Tina

    Aunt Denise was a beautiful woman. I remember meeting her when my Uncle Jimmy brought her down to Miami to meet our family. Her smile was so beautiful and it matched her personality perfectly. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

  2. Deborah m a r t i n i e l l o

    There’s just no words we finally reconnected a while ago now I’ll never get to see you I love you you are beautiful person inside and out even though we are you once in awhile when we were growing up I used to steal your cigarettes you used to put your phone unlocked so nobody can get into it and use it when you were calling Jimmy he’s pretty much raised me growing up I will always remember that silly laugh and your directness I know where I got that from fly high my sister didn’t I love you until I see you again rest in peace I love you my sisters

  3. Maureen Devine Brown

    I remember us hanging out in my room reading team beat magazine.
    Trying to figure out how to sneak a cigarette out my mom’s pack and not get caught. Hanging out at the school
    When school was out just goofing around and having fun. You did teach me how to relax and have! fun RIP friend

  4. Tana Garcia

    We have such fond memories of “Nana”. There will never be a greater potato salad better than hers!! My heart goes out to your family during this time. I pray God will hold you and comfort you during this time.
    The Garcia’s (Benny & Tana)

  5. Melody Green

    She is definitely going to be missed. I remember dancing & singing with her, April, the girls & my kiddo. She was so full of joy & loved to laugh. I will definitely miss her. Thank you for the amazing memories. Love you NANA!!!

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