Blame it on a summer 1983 family vacation in gorgeous Northern New Mexico and a bit of serendipity.
The dirt roads went on and on. Sadie Brown didn’t care for them. During school years, she had to lodge with town families far from her own on the remote Brown Ranch in Long Canyon, 30 miles northeast of Folsom, New Mexico.
ANGEL FIRE — You can call her Cornelia or Nellie, but everyone around Cimarron and the Moreno Valley knows her as Grannie,” said Rachel Ricklefs of Cimarron. Cornelia Sisneros of Springer grew incredible gardens, made delicious food and brought success to many local restaurants through her kind and clever management. “Everything she would plant thrived,” said daughter Ernestine (Penny) Coppedge. This statement applied to everything that grew in her life.
CIMARRON—If you spoke with Bernardino “Nino” Chavez you would not guess the longtime Cimarron resident had earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and participated in the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944.
Longtime Cimarron resident Gretchen Sammis died Aug. 14, but she left a legacy that will live on for generations to come.