Elena C. Gurule, 104, passed away on June 4. She was born in Escobosa to the late Alberto and Sara (Torres) Chavez on March 8, 1913. Elena was a lifetime resident of Willard and an elementary school teacher for the Estancia Public Schools. She belonged to Our Lady of Sorrows Altar Society, Willard Senior Center and competed in the Senior Olympics. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Epifiano Gurule; son, Joe E. Gurule and numerous brothers and sisters. Elena is survived by her grandchildren, Randy Gurule (Roberta), Arnold Gurule and Eric Gurule (Teresa); great-grandchildren, Lina Garcia (Ignacio), Antonia Gurule (Ben Siegan), Marisol Gurule, and Amber Garcia (Issac); great-great-grandchildren, Alicia Compos, Cynthia Compos (Fernando Lopez), Alina Garcia, Ignacio Garcia Jr., Kaleb Siegan and Kaia Seigan. A funeral service will be held June 15 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Willard. The Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m with the Celebration of Mass to follow at 11. Father Bob Peccatiello will officiate. Interment will be at the El Rosario Cemetery in Willard.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.