Patricia Elizabeth Jones, 73, passed away Sept. 26. She was born Nov. 4, 1943 in Albuquerque, to the late Cyril and Mildred (Hester) Tate. Patricia was a retired school teacher from the Moriarty School District. She loved to cross stitch, needlepoint and read. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Alfred Tate. Patricia is survived by her beloved husband, Raymond Jones of Moriarty; son, Brian Jones of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Kerry Jones of Moriarty; brothers, James B. Tate of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Bert A. Tate of Albuquerque, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held Sept. 30 at the 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.