Mary Lou Gutierrez, 61, of Dallas, formerly of Poteet, passed away June 23, 2013 in Austin, with her family by her side. She was born August 16, 1951 in Poteet to the late Margarito and Maria de Jesus Cruz.
Mary Lou grew up in Poteet surrounded by family and loved music and dancing. In search of a better life and opportunities for her children, this lovingly devoted mother moved her family to Dallas, Texas. With these new opportunities new friends became lifelong friendships which evolved into extended family that she treasured and loved.
Mary Lou Gutierrez is survived by her son, Mark Rodriguez and wife Theresa of Pflugerville; son, Israel Rodriguez of Poteet; daughter, Felisha Gutierrez of Bedford; son, Andrew Gutierrez of Dallas; granddaughter, Clarissa of Poteet; grandsons, Anthony and Aidan of Pflugerville; sisters, Enedelia Martinez and Sylvia Olivas of Poteet, Paula Quintana of San Antonio, Ernestina Escamilla of Pleasanton, Evangelina Rivera of Boerne and brother Raul Cruz of San Diego. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Margarito and Maria de Jesus Cruz, sister, Guadalupe Casias, and brother, Andrew Cruz.
Rosary and Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, Poteet at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, Poteet, or St. Luke Catholic Church, Irving.