Judith Therese Young, 77, passed away July 10 in Los Lunas. She was born July 8, 1938, in Denver, Colo., to the late Joseph and Martha (Pietsch) VanGent. Judith will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Young. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Keith Orren and Peggy Young of Coggon, Iowa; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammara Lee and Joe Webber of Maeppa, Minn., Theresa Ruth and Don Grate of Mountainair, and Joanne Laura and Scott Stephenson of Middletown, Ohio; sister, Joan Flowers as well as four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Per the family’s wishes no services have been scheduled at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.
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.