Theresa “Terri” Lee Muth, 66, passed away Oct. 24 in Albuquerque. Terri was a blessing to her family, friends and community. She was always there when someone needed a hand. She was well known for taking care of family, children, and people with special needs as well as seniors. It truly didn’t matter who it was, Terri was always there for them. Guided by her values and faith, Terri worked tirelessly to provide food that she prepared herself to the seniors during the holidays. She bought gifts for children who did have much or may not have had anything. Her heart was open and had the belief that everyone deserved a second chance. She was the voice for people that could not speak for themselves. Terri was a wise mentor and a valued colleague, instructing others on how to care for themselves and helping those in need. Passing down her skills and enthusiasm was a gift her family will cherish forever. She touched the hearts of so many and will be remembered for all the love she spread and the good she accomplished. Terri was preceded in death by her father, Robert Riley Sr. and son Fredrick Struck. She is survived by her mother, Lois Riley of Montevideo, Minn.; husband, George McCauley of Estancia; daughter and son-in-law, Samantha and Alex Patrick of Estancia; brothers David Riley and Joyce of Montevideo, Minn., Gary Riley and Kim, of Montevideo, Minn., and Bob Riley and Sue of Granite Falls, Minn; sisters, Judy Lecy and Clint of Montevideo, Minn., Diane Riley of Benson, Minn. and Beverly Brooke of Florida; two grandchildren, Jessica and Anthony Patrick; and one great-granddaughter, Adalynn Patrick. Services will be held at a later date per the family’s wishes.
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]