Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary

9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA


Margaret Elizabeth Gutierrez

June 18, 1935January 5, 2020
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Our beloved, Margaret, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 5, 2020.

Margaret was born on June 18, 1935 to Jose and Maria Rodriguez. She married Ruben Gutierrez on January 27, 1954. They shared 65 happy years together as true partners. They are an example of dedication and love to their 4 children: Michael, Elizabeth, Patrick, and Kathi.

Margaret was employed at East Bakersfield High School as a Teacher’s Aide for 27 years before retiring. Many students felt the compassion and support of Mrs. Gutierrez.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Margaret served in many capacities and her acts of service throughout the years have touched many lives.

Margaret is preceded in death by her father, Jose Rodriguez; her mother, Maria Rodriguez; her son, Michael Gutierrez; her brothers, Jimmy Rodriguez, Joe Rodriguez, and Lawrence Rodriguez; and her sisters, Catalina Calvillo and Sally Escudero. She is survived by her husband, Ruben Gutierrez; her daughter-in-law, Donna Gutierrez of American Fork, UT; her children, Elizabeth Elms (married to Bill) of Bakersfield, Patrick Gutierrez (Rosalyn) of University Place, WA, and Kathi Amis (Jim) of Auburn, WA; her brother, Frank Rodriguez; her grandchildren, Brian Gutierrez (Brit), Blake Gutierrez, Brandon Gutierrez (Marie), Lauren Gutierrez, Andrew Elms (Shawna), Timothy Elms (Becky), Jeffrey Elms (Allie), Amy Elms, Rachel Gutierrez, Jacob Gutierrez, James Amis (Meghan), Megan White (Skyler), Paige Barker (Justin), and Abigail Amis (all of whom lovingly call her Pepa); and 16 great-grandchildren with 3 on the way. She also has numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews with whom she loved to spend time.

Viewing will be on January 17, 2020 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 5600 Panorama Drive Bakersfield, CA from 9:00am-10:30am. Funeral will be following at 11:00am. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Kern Canyon Road.

We express our deepest gratitude for the medical staff that cared for our sweet Margaret, and Hoffman Hospice for their support.


  • Andrew Elms, Active Pallbearer
  • Timothy Elms, Active Pallbearer
  • Jeffrey Elms, Active Pallbearer
  • Brian Gutierrez, Active Pallbearer
  • Brandon Gutierrez, Active Pallbearer
  • Jacob Gutierrez, Active Pallbearer
  • James Amis, Active Pallbearer
  • Skyler White, Active Pallbearer
  • Justin Barker, Active Pallbearer
  • Gary Calvillo, Honorary Pallbearer
  • J.R. Rodriguez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Blake Gutierrez, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Service Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 17, 2020


Margaret Elizabeth Gutierrez

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Richard Munn

January 17, 2020

Richard Munn & Family
Words cannot express the gratitude we have for Margaret and her family for all the years of friendship and service they have been a part of, in our lives. We hear that it is a virtue if we wear ourselves out in service to our God, family and others. That describes Margaret’s life. May God Bless your family at this time, until we all meet again on the other side. Thanks Margaret for all your service and friendship.

Gabby Koultouridis

January 16, 2020

Gabriella Koultouridis

January 16, 2020

Deanna Rhoades

January 10, 2020

To Ruben Gutierrez and family. Margaret and my Sister Patricia Walker were very good friends I had the pleasure of seeing Margaret a few months ago good memories of these two lady’s from Patricia Walkers sister - Deanna Rhoades- Take Care.

Stephen Ashworth

January 8, 2020

Dear Rubin,
I remember Liz as being so happy, grateful and loving. Seems that she had a permanent smile on her face. I know that it was always the case as she was busy raising teenagers at the time. We have fond memories of your family and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God bless you as you learn to continue without your lovely wife, but keep looking to the day you will reunite.
Love, Sandy and Stephen Ashworth

Jolene Wise-Koultouridis

January 7, 2020

My beautiful aunt Margaret, a second mother to me. You will be missed more than you know. You always made time for my sister and I when we were kids, Including us in your family is if we were your own. I will miss you and love you forever, until we meet again. It comforts me to know you’ll be with Michael. My mom and Lita. All my love to uncle Ruben who will miss you dearly. And to her children, I love you all so much.

Maureen and George Russell

January 7, 2020

Dear dear Gutierrez family, friendships are forever otherwise there’s no way many of us could stand such a loss. Know of our love,
Maureen and George

Rinez & Doug Campbell

January 7, 2020

Reuben, Liz, and all the family, We are sad to know that Margaret has left this mortal place. She was so lovely and sweet. Makes us happy to know she's with Gooch. What a blessing to know what we know. May that knowledge comfort you all and bring your peace. Our love!