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Elizabeth Irene Gutierrez, 75, died Friday, December 17, 2010 in Durango, Colorado. A rosary will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, December 20, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. also at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Father Antonio Flores will be officiating and burial will occur at Crestview Cemetery in Durango. Miss Gutierrez was born May 2, 1935 in Lumberton, New Mexico the daughter of Juan and Margarita Gutierrez. Mrs. Gutierrez grew up in Lumberton, NM, then the family moved to Sunnyside, UT, finally settling in Durango. Bess attended Sacred Heart School and left her schooling early due to an illness with Rheumatic fever. She raised several of her younger siblings while her parents were working. Bess worked at COD Laundry, and she has also been a housekeeper at Hotels in town like the Double Tree. She cared for her ailing mother and a nephew with disabilities. Bess' favorite pastime was to watch old movies, especially westerns. Her favorite and well known expression was "Goodbye, Little Darling". In Bess' younger years, she was known to travel to nearby towns to attend dances. She is survived by John Gutierrez (brother) of Durango, CO, Cecilia Archibeque (sister) of Bloomfield, NM, Mary Webster (sister) of Farmington, NM, and Gene Gutierrez (brother) of Durango, CO. She was preceded in death by her mother Margarita Gutierrez, and her father Juan Gutierrez.

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