Mollie Padilla, 81, passed away on April 4 in Mountainair. She was born Dec. 9, 1935 in Willard, to the late Federico and Maria (Reyes Alderete) Luna. Mollie married Erineo Padilla on Feb.14, 1956 in Mountainair. She was a loving wife, mother grandmother and great-grandmother. She devoted her life to our Lord Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. She was president of the Sacred Heart League and Altar Society, a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society for 40 years, a religious teacher, as well as youth group organizer and CCD Leader. Mollie was the church Mayoradoma and choir coordinator, a valued community leader and president of Booster Club for many years. Her family, friends and community will deeply miss her. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Mateo Luna, Antonio Luna, Melcor Luna, Gabriel Luna and Andy Luna; and great-grandchildren, Kristin Warrick, Zachary Warrick, Bradley Warrick and Faith Warrick. Mollie is survived by her husband, Erineo Padilla of Mountainair; sons, Edward and Diana Padilla of Mountainair, Rick and Charmen Padilla of Manzano, and Adrian (and girlfriend Brenda Tafoya) Padilla of Manzano; daughters, Mary Rose and Kevin Jaramillo of Belen, Corina and Pat Ortiz of Mountainair, and Agatha and Benny Lee Jaramillo of Belen; sisters, Delfinia Luna and Canda and Robert Chavez; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A Rosary was recited April 6 at St. Alice Catholic Church in Mountainair. The Celebration of Mass was April 7, with Father Bob Peccatiello officiating. Pallbearers were Edward Padilla, Rick Padilla, Adrian Padilla, Kevin Jaramillo, Pat Ortiz and Benny Lee Jaramillo. Honorary Pallbearers were Edward A. Padilla, Patrick Ortiz, Erineo Ortiz, Brian Jaramillo, John Padilla, Kevin Jaramillo, Jason Padilla, Josiah Padilla, Gabriel Padilla, Xavien Garcia, Anthony Padilla, Nathaniel Padilla, Jonathon Padilla and Michael Padilla. Burial was at the Mountainair Cemetery.
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]