Naomi Dee Johnson, 76, passed away Oct. 10 in Albuquerque. She was born Sept. 30, 1940 in Santa Rita, to the late Claude and Guyeula (Foster) Nard. Naomi was a member of the Estancia Church of Christ and will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ed Johnson; sister, Audrey Blackburn; and son, Rusty Johnson. Naomi is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Aimee and George Elliott of Moriarty; sister, Claudine Matheny; five grandchildren, Laura Black, Katherine Fisher, Seth Johnson, Brandon Elliott and Sarah Elliott; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral service is scheduled Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Moriarty Church of Christ. Interment will be at the Stanley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brandon Elliott, Dillon Booth, Walter Elliott, Gerald Elliott, Charles Elliott and Ron Hibner.
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.