William Dale Kessler Jr., 57, passed away June 2 in Moriarty. He was born Dec. 1, 1957 In Albuquerque. William was a longtime resident of New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanne Babb, and brother, Mike Kessler. William is survived by his father, William D. Kessler Sr. of Moriarty; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Molly Kessler of Albuquerque, and sister, Kim Marie Padilla of Farmington. A memorial service was held June 7 at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty. Burial will be in the Corona Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.

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.