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Denise Coady

In loving memory of Denise Marie Coady

December 31, 1953—October 23, 2017

It is with a sad heart that I write this memoriam.

Denise Marie Coady passed away in late October at her home in Massachusetts after a very long illness. She is survived by her son Coady Richards; her sisters Donna, Colleen, and Diane; her brother Tim; nieces Hollie, Megan, Hannah, Maya, Blaire, and Jillian; her nephews Tyler and Denis; and brother-in-laws Brad and Piers, as well as her very large extended family of friends in the Placitas and the Albuquerque area who loved her dearly. Her mom and dad, Helen and Denis Coady, and her brother-in-law Scott passed on before her.

Denise moved to Placitas in 1976 and lived there and in Bernalillo until 2013 when she moved back to Massachusetts with our sister Donna who has cared for her for the past several years. She so enjoyed living in New Mexico and spent much of her free time hiking, skiing, dancing, and exploring the mountains and deserts that she loved. Being a mom to Coady was one of her greatest joys. She worked hard to make a good home for them and always let him know how much he was loved. She was an active member of the Buddist community in Albuquerque and held true to her beliefs.

Denise attended nursing school at UNM and over the years worked at the Children’s Psychiatric Center in home health care and, in the last several years of her career, worked as the school nurse at Bernalillo Middle School.

She lived her life in grace and beauty, even when a debilitating illness took so much away from her. Denise was not alone in her journey and near the end she was surrounded by Donna, Colleen, Brad, Hollie, and Pat.

My sister Donna would like to thank her children, Hollie and Tyler for “accepting Denise with open arms and helping make Denise feel safe and loved during these last several years.” She speaks for all of them in saying, “having Denise with us was a gift, and we will treasure it always.” Our family would like to thank Denise’s friends from New Mexico who helped with her care while she was still living there—in particular, her good friend Chris who was a wonderful playmate, caregiver, and friend. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Coady for his loss.

Denise cared deeply for her son Coady, her family, her friends, her community, and her two lovely cats. She is now dancing in the light that shown from her in life. Remember her in your songs, in your dances, and when you play in the mountains. She will be with us in spirit and will live long in our hearts! Soar high and follow the light, my sister! It will take you home. A New Mexico memorial will be planned in early 2018. Namaste for all, Denise! Your friends and family miss you! 

—Diane Coady-Ramsay

Paul Steven Livingston

Paul Steven Livingston

December 4, 1942—November 3, 2017

Paul Livingston, beloved father, grandfather and attorney,  succumbed to complications from injuries sustained from a terrible car crash on Highway 165 in Placitas in June.

As a practicing attorney for 33 years, Paul Livingston was a tireless advocate for justice and for the rights of the disempowered. Scrupulously honest, he accepted many cases on a contingency basis and without regard for financial gain. Throughout his adult life, he was active in civil rights causes and as an advocate for constitutional rights.    

He was born in New York City in 1942 to Jewish parents—Lillian and Jules Livingston—and grew up in Woodmere, Long Island, graduating from Hewlett High School in 1960. In 1964, he earned a BA in English literature from Union College and went on to attend the famed creative writers’ workshop at the University of Iowa. Returning to Manhattan in 1965, he became a social worker and then a special education teacher at Junior High School 22 on the Lower East Side. As an activist, he demonstrated for civil rights in the 1965 March on Washington. He and his future wife, Sara Moore, also marched at the Chicago Democratic Convention in 1968. During the 1960s, the two participated in many demonstrations, sit-ins, and concerts of the time. Sara brought him to her home in beautiful New Mexico for the first time in 1969.

In 1970, Paul obtained a master’s degree in special education from City College, NY.  In 1971, he and Sara began spending summers in New Mexico and lived for a time in Taos. In 1974, the couple moved permanently to New Mexico and began a business making and selling jewelry and crafts. As a non-indigenous vendor at the portal of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, Paul was part of a civil rights lawsuit (Livingston vs. Ewing) that was appealed up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although the Court declined to hear the case, the non-indigenous vendors nevertheless secured spots to sell on the Plaza in 1976. At the recommendation of then-Governor Bruce King, Paul began law school at UNM and obtained his J.D. in 1982. 

As an attorney in Albuquerque, he successfully litigated several cases on behalf of patients in medical malpractice cases and later supported many blue-collar city workers, bus drivers, and labor union causes. He worked diligently and single-handedly to support transparency in city government and open meetings, including inspection of public records, police oversight, and department of health issues. In 2004 in Bernalillo, New Mexico, he was instrumental in supporting one of the first county clerks in the nation to grant gay marriage licenses.

Paul is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sara Moore Livingston (a Roswell, New Mexico native), sons Paul and Chris, daughter-in-law Elizabeth Amberg Livingston, and two beautiful grandchildren, Audrey and Reed.  He has one younger brother, Robert Livingston, and wife May Lee Livingston of Port Washington, New York.

His life was celebrated at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE, on Sunday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m. A reception followed the service for family and friends.

Ranger Ethan Ortega, new Historic Site Instructional Coordinator

~Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager, Coronado & Jemez Historic Sites

After an exhaustive search, New Mexico Historic Sites is pleased to announce that one of its own, Ranger Ethan Ortega, has been selected as the new Instructional Coordinator. He replaces Instructional Coordinator Sharon Walker who departed Coronado Historic Site on June 15. During her relatively brief two-year tenure, Ms. Walker visited over fifty public schools and published 11 lesson plans utilizing Common Core State Standards for literacy.

The role, as envisioned for Mr. Ortega, is quite a bit different from the one Ms. Walker held. He will not only service Coronado Historic Site, but the entire Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites. It will include duties both at Jemez and Los Luceros (situated in Acalde, New Mexico). Mr. Ortega will work in tandem with Jemez Instructional Coordinator Marlon Magdalena on public outreach and digital media promoting the sites. However, Coordinator Ortega’s primary role, at least initially, will be on reimagining the exhibits at Jemez Historic Site.

Over the course of Mr. Ortega’s past three years as Ranger, he has redeveloped and redesigned most of the exhibits at Coronado Historic Site. This included an overhaul to the core exhibit “The Good Earth: Expressions of Two Cultures,” which featured the addition of displays relating to Coronado’s Indios Amigos or Native American auxiliaries. Most recently, he completed an “Enigma Named Esteban,” which explored the story behind the African slave who made first contact with the Pueblo peoples a year before the coming of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado.

For modernizing the exhibits at Coronado Historic Site, Mr. Ortega received the Historical Society of New Mexico Edgar Lee Hewett Award in April of 2017. This was quickly followed by the Richard A. Bice Award for Archaeological Achievement by the Archaeological Society of New Mexico in May. Then in August, Mr. Ortega was awarded the Cordell-Powers Prize for having the best student-run presentation at the Pecos Conference.

Coronado Historic Site is located at 485 Kuaua Road in Bernalillo. It is open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday, from 8:30 AM a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Docent led tours occur on the hour, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and are free with admission. Admission is $5.00 per adult. There is never a charge for children. Coronado Historic Site is free to New Mexico seniors on Wednesday and all New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 867-5351 or go to

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