Annie Marie Neill, 78, of Pearland, Texas, passed away Nov. 19, 2016 in Houston. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bruce Neill of Pearland; sons, Steve Tower and his obit-neillwife Barbara of Houston, Patrick Neill of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Shawn Neill and his wife Renee of Belen, New Mexico; granddaughter Shannon Landry and her husband Justin of Colorado Springs; sister, Corine Smith of Mesquite, Nev., and brother, Jerry Robinson of Mesquite, along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loy and Marie Robinson; sisters, Vera Lorine McCrory, Betty JoAnn Matthews, and Shirley Lee Robinson; brother, Lorry Delbert Robinson and daughter-in-law, Cimone Neill. Graveside services and inurnment will be 1 p.m. on Dec. 3, at the Matthews Cemetery in Mountainair.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.