Juanita Nieto, 83, passed away Oct. 19 in Albuquerque. She was born March 7, 1934 in Cedar Grove, to the late Fernando and Estanislada (Padilla) Nieto. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Juanita was also preceded in death by her brother, Tony Nieto and sisters, Petrita Nieto, Shirley Nieto and Virginia Nieto. She is survived by her brother, Jimmy Nieto of Edgewood; sisters, Delores Otero of Albuquerque and Lala Martinez and husband Joe of Casper, Wyo., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Oct. 23, 2017 at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, with Pastor Nash officiating. Interment was at the Mountain Valley Cemetery in Edgewood.
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@example.com.