Rosemary Elizabeth Bottini, 83, of Peralta, passed away Nov. 18. Rose loved life! She loved activities and staying busy. She was a creative and energetic woman. Rose could take one thing and totally make something completely new from it. She loved being around people and was often the life of the party. Rose married Louis Bottini in 1949, and was proud of her 66 years of marriage. She was a proud business owner throught the years, owning three collectible and antique stores: Second Hand Rose in Las Cruces, Memories in Kingman, Ariz., and Cowboys and Roses in Mountainair. She also loved her large family, often counting and naming her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, and leaving behind 66 descendants. Rose was preceded in death by her mother, Rose McDonald; stepfather, James McDonald; grandson, Jason Lee Pena; infant great-granddaughter, Kali Bryn; infant great-grandsons, twins Jose and Raul; and son-in-law David Spencer. She is survived by her husband, Louis D. Bottini; five daughters, Deb Pena, Brenda Spencer, Cynthia Bottini, Marie Sullivan, and Christine Franzoy and husband David; three sons, Richard and wife Yami, Barry, and Daniel and wife Trish. A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms on Nov. 23. Arrangements are being handled by Noblin Funeral Service.
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]