Claudia Hermelinda McCabe, 51, went to be with the Lord on June 3 in Albuquerque. She was born June 18, 1966 in Irapuato, Mexico, to Jose and Maria (Quintana Merino) Cendejas. On April 2, 2005 she married Randolph McCabe in El Paso, Texas. Claudia will be deeply missed by all her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Clint and Josefina Dunavin; first husband, Frederick Ramirez Jr. and son, Frederick Ramirez III. Claudia is survived by her husband, Randolph R. McCabe; mother, Maria Guadalupe; daughters, Deborah Claudia McCabe, Stephanie Trujillo, and Deborah A. McCabe; sons, Raymond Trujillo and Matthew Trujillo; brother, Louie Dunavin; sisters, Brenda Flores, Angie Dalal, and Veronica Dunavin, as well as multiple nieces, nephews and grandchildren, Maddix, Milani, and Jaxon. A memorial service is scheduled June 15 at 11 a.m. at the Sagebrush Church in Albuquerque. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, New Mexico.
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]