Melecia Gallegos passed away on July 22. Melecia was preceded in death by her parents, Bonifacio and Lucia Baca; brother, Jose Baca and sister, Rosa Olguin. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Gallegos and husband Mike; two sons, Leroy Gallegos and wife Lorie and Michael Gallegos; three grandkids, Gabriel and Jeff Lucero and Katrina Gallegos; two great-grandkids, Mario and Jaidyn; brother, Benito Baca and wife Mary; sisters, Isabel Bachicha and companion Max, Gloria Lucero and Josie Archuleta and husband Robert; sister-in-law, Marlyn Gallegos; brother-in-law, Jose Olguin; sister-in-law, Flora Baca; good friend, Tina Chavez and a bunch of nieces and nephews. Visitation was held July 26 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Moriarty. The Rosary was recited at 7 p.m., and the Celebration of Mass was at San Jose Catholic Church in Anton Chico at 11 a.m., with Father Mondaragon officiating. Interment immediately followed at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Dilia. Pallbearers were Gabriel Lucero, Jeffrey Lucero, Mario Tapia, Deigo Robinson, Gilbert Baca, and Kenneth Finnestad. Honorary pallbearers were Katrina Gallegos and Jaidyn Lucero. 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 protected]