obit-ruthjenningscropRuth Mae Jennings, 90, passed away Sept. 22 in Albuquerque. She was born May 5, 1926, in Melvin, Texas to the late Monroe Jennings and Bessie Ellis. Ruth was a longtime resident of New Mexico, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Joan Carlson. Ruth is survived by her son, John Pope, granddaughter, Arleen Rich and great-grandson, Andrew Rich. Per the family’s wishes, no services are scheduled at this time.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

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 news.ind.editor@gmail.com.