Edna McNiel

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McNiel, Edna Katherine



Edna McNiel, age 84, a resident of Mountainair, New Mexico passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Edna was a lifelong resident of Mountainair. Her mother and father moved to Mountainair in 1931 where they homesteaded and farmed beans. At this time, Mountainair was known as the pinto bean capitol of the world. Livestock continued, but the bean farm succombed to the late 1940's drought. Edna owned a Tax & Accounting business in Mountainair for many years. She loved sports and was in attendance where ever her son and daughter's games would be. This continued with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. From the time the grandchildren began playing little league baseball, YAFL football, soccer or basketball in Albuquerque through the time they graduated from high school, Edna and her mother Corene would be in attendance at most games. Driving time and distance was not an issue. Edna was an ardent grandparent fan for whichever school one of her grandkids played for, first La Cueva , then Albuquerque Academy, and lastly Eldorado. She could not attend every college game they later played, but was sure to attend some every year. Edna most of all loved her grandchildren and wanted to be there to enjoy watching and supporting them every chance she had. When the great grandchildren had a rodeo, Edna was probably the only one there that never complained about the cold, wind or rain and refused to sit in the truck. She had her chair and it was just not a problem to sit ouside all day because "I can see better and hear the announcer out here." She was just happy to watch them compete.

Edna was preceded in death by her father Herb Wright on February 10, 1962 and her mother Corene Wright on December 9, 2010. Also preceding her in death was her grandaughter Katie Coffman.

She is survived by her son Danny McNiel and wife Rosanne of Peralta, NM; her daughter Debbie Coffman and husband Mike of Albuquerque, NM. Grandchildren: Bobby McNiel and wife Keleigh of Forney, Texas; Chris McNiel and wife Summer of Los Lunas, NM; Scott Coffman and wife Kristin of Albuquerque, NM ; and Kylie Coffman of Albuquerque, NM. There are seven great-grandchildren, Hayley McNiel, Payton McNiel, Cheyenne McNiel, Kirk McNiel, Landrey McNiel, EmiJayne Coffman, Hadleigh Coffman. She is also survived by numerous other family members and friends.

A viewing will be held at the Harris-Hanlon funeral home in Mountainair on Saturday, February 11, at 10:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am. Pastor Doris Jacques and Pastor Darrel Roberts will be officiating. Internment will take place at the Mountainair Cemetary. Pallbearers are Darrel Webb, Gary Webb, Ronnie Webb, Wayne Farmer, Bill Harris and Larry Zamora. Honorary pallbearers are Tommy Eschberger & Albert McNiel. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at Harris- Hanlon Funeral Services.

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Harris-Hanlon Mortuary - Mountainair
107 Ross P.O. Box 219
Mountainair, NM 87036
(505)847-2331
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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 10, 2017