Laura Rea Nardi, 57, passed away in Albuquerque Feb. 25. She was born Dec. 8, 1959 in Mount Pleasant, Pa., to the late Henry and Alice (Firmstone) Nardi. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Yvette Nardi. Laura is survived by her sons, Anthony Carmack of Edgewood, and Steven Carmack of Edgewood; daughters, Alissa Carmack of Edgewood, Tina Paludio of Riverside, Calif., and Tanya Carmack of Edgewood; and 14 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held March 8 at 10 a.m. at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty.
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.