Ruth passed away Saturday morning in her residence at Wesley Lea Hill Retirement Home of natural causes. Born in Worland, Wyoming, and residing in Washington state for over sixty years, she raised a beautiful family alongside her husband, Leon. Teir marriage of 73 years bore 6 siblings, 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
While raising 6 children Ruth achieved an education as a LPN. Her love of people and dedication to hard work lead her to success in careers with Boeing, Tousand Trails, Horizon/Alaska Airlines and Embassy Suites. Her commitment to a Christian life was evident with her involvement at St. Stephens and St. Anthonys/Holy Spirit. Additionally, her membership at Auburn Elks, Mary’s Guild, Padre Pio, and Catholic Community Services was recognized and well appreciated by many. She volunteered at Valley Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Seattle, and numerous church fundraisers. She expressed outwardly the duty of Christian charity and lovingkindness.
Her ability to both enjoy life and guide others was profound. She enjoyed soccer, camping, fishing, bowling, dancing, and singing to Mariachi music. She visited out-of-town relatives, conversed with all generations of her family, crocheted, gardened, and cooked for all. She had a talent for telling stories, new and old, which made her smile glow. Mom loved life and was very blessed to live it to the fullest.
Loved ones left behind include her husband Leon Hugo Gutierrez, sons, Leon Martin (Debbie) Gutierrez and Edward James (Colleen, dec.) Gutierrez, daughters Maria Christina (Kasey Crooks, dec.) Gutierrez, Magdalena Maria St. Clair, Sandra Louise (Carlos) Gutierrez-DelaRosa, and Ruth Annette (Doug) Roth. 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Use the website address “give.seattlechildrens.org” and address your gift “In honor or in memory” to Ruth Gutierrez.
Services, including rosary recitation and mass, will be held at Holy Spirit Parish 327 2nd Ave S. Kent, WA. 98032 on August 9, 2023, starting at 10:30 AM. Her burial will be at Gethsemane 37600 Pacific Highway South Federal Way, WA. 98003.