Sandra Lee Jones, 65, peacefully passed away Oct. 26. She was born Dec. 9, 1949, in Longview, Texas. Her parents were Carl and Eva (Brandon) Russel. Sandra married Rob Jones in Laughlin, Nevada on April 23, 1991. She is survived by her husband, Rob Jones of Moriarty; daughter and son-in-law, Kelli and Derek Cordill of North Manchester, Ind.; sisters, Eve, Dawn and Theresa; brother Henry and grandson Dylan Cordill. A memorial service will be held Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at Harris Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris Hanlon Mortuary.
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.