Mary Magdalene Gutierrez, 81, began her new life in Heaven Sept. 7, 2010.

She was born in Walsenburg Aug. 5, 1929, to Frank and Audelia Anaya. Mary was the 6th of 8 children.

She married Frederick Leslie Gutierrez Aug. 21, 1948, a union that lasted 59 years. Together, they had six children. Mary was also privileged to have helped raise two of her nieces. She has been blessed with nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

While raising her family, Mary continued her education, graduating with an Associates degree in 1972 from Trinidad State Junior College and a Bachelors degree in 1974 from Adams State College.

In the years to follow, she taught at various schools in the local area.

Friends and family will fondly remember Mary’s gracious hospitality, delicious meals, friendly conversation and her blessing as they went on their way. Mary truly loved her family, always sharing with them her positive attitude with an open heart. Some of her favorite things in life were fashion, shopping, decorating and her special puppy.

Preceding her in death are husband Frederick Gutierrez, infant son, Frederick Charles Gutierrez, her parents, Frank and Audelia Anaya and six brothers.

Her wonderful family included children and grandchildren: Leslie (Donald), Garrett and Stacy Wroblewski; Linda “Jody” (John) Martinez, Jonlyn (Brett) Loveless, and Mark Martinez; Lora, James, Jr. and Melissa Gonzales; Kevin (Susie) Gutierrez, Christian Nyberg, Corey Gutierrez, Justin (Isui) Gutierrez and Felicia (David) Kile; special nieces, Avis (Mike) La Crue and family, Debbie Anaya and family; sister, Esther Luben; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Mary lived her final years in Aurora with her daughter Felicia; son-in-law, David and her puppy, “Baby.” She enjoyed her days being spoiled by all, feasting on great meals, playing Scrabble, getting manicures and pedicures, and above all, spending time with her family.

“You belong to us, we belong to you. Leslie loves you! Jody loves you! Lori loves you! Kevin loves you! Felicia loves you! Puppy loves you! Your whole family loves you!”

Mary’s Life Celebration will take place at Crystal Rose, 9755 E. Hampden Ave., Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at 1 p.m.