Claire Nordstrom died Friday, Nov. 11. She was born on Jan. 19, 1927 in New York City. She was the beloved mother of four, including Thomas (deceased), Laura Castro, Daniel Nordstrom and Anne Vogle. She was also a grandmother and great-grandmother. As an artist, she was a prolific painter of portraits and landscapes. As a pioneer in art therapy, she was awarded “Staff Member of the Year” while working at Hope House in Queens, N.Y. Claire was an outspoken advocate for civil rights. As an activist she marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the road to Selma, Alabama, in the march on Washington, and against the war in Vietnam. There will be no funeral, but there will be a small gathering in Albuquerque for friends and family. If interested contact Dan Nordstrom at 505-384-3035.
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 [email protected]