Services: Have been held.
Mrs. Juanita P. Gutierrez, 95, Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
She was born June 28, 1908, in Tigere, to Virginia and Francisquito Casaus.
She spent her early life in Puerta de Luna and Fort Sumner. On Aug. 29, 1936, she married Matias Gutierrez in Santa Rosa. They made their home in Puerta de Luna until 1945, when they moved to Fort Sumner. In 1955, the family moved to Portales. She worked as a housekeeper and did ironing, but once her children were born, she was a full-time mom. Family members said she was a generous and giving lady. For the past 10 years she had been a resident of the local rest home. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Justo and Santiago Casaus; three sisters, Anita Gonzales, Josephita Gonzales and Virginia Salazar; a son-in-law, Joe F. Pena; a grandson; and by her husband.
Survivors include four sons, Magin (and wife, Marie) Gutierrez of Portales, Morris (and wife, Arcelia) Gutierrez of Clovis, Adam (and wife, Dolores) Gutierrez of Portales and Juan (and wife, Priscilla) Casaus of Albuquerque; three daughters, Helen Pena of Albuquerque, Irene Montano of Portales and Dora (and husband, Joe) Sanchez of Portales; 24 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ignacita Gonzales of Albuquerque
The rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Monday at St. Helen Catholic Church.
Father Tobin Hitt will officiate the services.
Burial will be in Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Leroy Gutierrez, Michael Gutierrez, Larry Gutierrez, Rudy Pena, Henry Montano, Bernice Vargas, Angela Arguello and Herman Gutierrez.
Wheeler Mortuary of Portales is handling arrangements.