ARVADA, Colo - Marie Linda Gutierrez, 71, passed into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ on June 28, 2017. She passed away at her home in Arvada, Colo., in the arms of her loving husband, Thomas Gutierrez.
Marie was born in Trinidad, Colo., on Aug. 18, 1945 to Nora Sanchez and Mike Maldonado, the eighth of 10 siblings. Marie was baptized into the Catholic Church. On May 4, 1955, Marie made her Holy Communion at the Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad. Marie grew up and went to school in Trinidad. Marie had three children; Ernie, Joseph and Rose Salazar. Marie moved to Denver, Colo., in 1965.
Marie met the love of her life, Thomas Gutierrez, in 1968 in Denver. They were wed July 3, 1970 in Denver. On Nov. 5, 1971, Marie and Tom had a son, Nathaniel, to add to their other children.
Marie and Tom moved their family to Tom’s home town of Yoder from July 4, 1970, to June 1971. They moved to Denver in 1971 and then back to Yoder in 1974. They raised their family at Yoder until 1981, at which time they moved permanently to Arvada.
Marie always had a smile for everyone and would welcome anyone to their home to have some of her great homemade cooking. She enjoyed visiting all day long with family and friends. Marie’s greatest passion in life was her family; parents, siblings, husband Tom, children, grandchildren and extended family and friends.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Julian, Joe, Zeke and Ernie Maldonado; sisters Celia Sanchez and Bernice Rolands; sons Ernie and Joseph Salazar; daughter Rose Salazar; and grandson Michael Salazar.
Marie is survived by her husband; Thomas; son Nathaniel (Krista) Gutierrez; brothers Frank (Emily) Maldonado, Richard (Ronda) Maldonado and Michael (Linda) Maldonado; grandchildren (Ernie’s) Damien, Selina, Savannah and Ernesto Salazar, (Joseph’s) Gabe Salazar, (Rose’s) Natisha Domina and Jesse DeLeon, (Nathaniel’s) Romie and Rhys Gutierrez; 10 great-grandchildren and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and one aunt.
Last Rites were given to Marie at the Lutheran Hospital in Wheatridge, Colo., by Fr. Sean McGrath on June 28, 2017. Funeral Mass was held for Marie July 7, 2017, at the Shrine of Saint Anne Catholic Church, Fr. Sean McGrath officiating, in Arvada. Interment of her ashes was held Aug. 4, 2017, at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Sheridan, Colo., Fr. Sean McGrath officiating.
Condolences may be sent to: The Family of Marie Gutierrez, 9010 West 64th Place, Arvada, CO 80004.
God Looked Around His Garden
God looked around his garden; And He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth; And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you; And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful; He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering; He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never; Get well on earth again.
He saw that the road was getting rough; And the hills are hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids; And whispered “Peace be thine”.
It broke our hearts to lose you; But you didn’t go alone.
For part of us went with you; That day that God called you home.