After a brief battle with cancer, Alfreda McCloud Quintero passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home in Schurz on Wednesday, July 17. She was 81. A member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Alfreda was born on Oct. 21, 1937 to Lolia Johnson McCloud and Manuel “Popeye” McCloud in Schurz.
Alfreda resided in Schurz all 81 years of her life, where she married Pancho Quintero and raised seven children: Lolia (Paul); Cynthia (Tony); Robert; Randall (Suzy); Rudolph; Vincent (Jeanette) and Regina.
Growing up in Schurz, Alfreda was raised by her Grandmother Hattie Andrews Johnson along with her brother, Russell. She is survived by her brother, Olin McCloud; sisters: Charlotte Brownfield and Darlene Imus. Alfreda is also survived by her aunts: Stella Cushman and Betty Reymus as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Alfreda was preceded in death by her parents: Lolia and Manuel; husband, Pancho; sons, Robert and Rudolph; grandson, Cole; brothers, Russell and Shawn McCloud and sister, Patricia Thibault. She was blessed with 16 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, even a few great great grandchildren.
Alfeda retired from the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot after 30 years of service. Following her retirement, she stayed busy by becoming a member of the enrollment committees and election boards for both the Walker River Paiute Tribe and Mineral County.
Up until the last few years, Alfreda was also a very active member of the All Indian VFW Auxiliary 6825. While a member of that post, she served in many different capacities such as president, conductress, guard and chaplain. She had also served as the Nevada State Color Bearer #3 for many years.