Kelly Jean Evanoff, 54, passed away on June 23 in Corona. She was born Oct. 18, 1962 in Peoria, Illinois. Kelly was a M.D. and had been in private family practice with her husband in Ohio. She was a percussionist, was known for her photographic memory, and had a passion for language. Besides English, Kelly also spoke Italian and German and taught herself to read Greek and Celtic. Kelly was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Kelly is survived by her parents, James and Jane Hardin; husband, John C. Evanoff; brother, Joseph E. Hardin and sister, Kathy H. Walker. Per the family’s request no services have been scheduled at this time.
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]