Lolita Gutierrez Newland

March 22, 1953July 9, 2018

Passed away on June 9th, 2018, following a long battle with leukemia.

Lolita was born on March 22nd, 1953 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and grew up in New Orleans, LA. She is preceded in death by her parents, Julian and Lupe Gutierrez, and by her previous husband, Carroll Malone, Jr. She is survived by her husband, John Harrison Sullivan; sister, Conchita Gutierrez; sister, Terricita Gutierrez; and nephew Christian Dixon. Lo is also survived by her extended family of Sullivans who loved her dearly, and who will never forget the day she entered their lives on July 4, 2000.

Despite being severely burned in a private plane crash on December 2, 1983 that left her hospitalized for more than a year, Lolita never wavered in her faith in God. She lived each day determined to overcome her disabilities, and she faced the world with generosity, love, and an inimitable sense of humor. She worked for many years at Broadcast Music Inc., where her willingness to drop everything in order to help a friend earned her the affectionate nickname, ‘Mama Lo’.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Thomas West Hospital Chapel, 4200 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN, on Thursday, July 19, at 3:30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church, 3001 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville TN 37212,, or to a charity of one’s choice.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lolita Gutierrez Newland

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Ellis Keyes

September 1, 2018

I am searching for my fist love,, Conchita Gutierrez; sister of Lolita. Please tell her to contact me.
Thank you

Ellis Keyes
606 855 0052
228 326 8679
1609 Loves Branch, Democrat
P O Box 1073
Whitesburg Kentucky 41858 1073

Teresa Pickney

July 25, 2018

As your friend said so beautifully, you, Lolita were and are a brilliant being. The perfect description. May you now Rest In Peace and how beautiful the greeting between you and my beloved Michael. My children and I will forever cherish our opportunity to meet you in our greatest time of need. Thank you for your ongoing gifts.

Joan Deloatch

July 18, 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Lolita at BMI. I can truly say that I have not met anyone as brave and as optimistic as she was. She was truly a beautiful person. May she now rest in peace eternally.

Steve Emrick

July 18, 2018

I worked with Lolita at BMI. I knew her to be super positive, friendly, gracious and an excellent example of what a Christian should be. The last time I saw her, it was obvious that she was extremely happy. I was glad that she had found love!

Allen McKendree Palmer

July 16, 2018

Mamma Lo set up my first co-writing session in Nashville in July of 1995. She became my Patron Saint and a cherished friend. “If this is as good as it gets, it’s been a great ride” was something she reminded me of daily. Rest peacefully Mamma Lo. You were a brilliant being.

Tami Seals

July 16, 2018

Oh my sweetest "Bonita", you were such an Angel her on earth. You did SO much for myself, my son and everyone who ever needed anything in your path. I am a better human for knowing you and you have taught me so much about God and just..... life!! You took me in when I needed it the most and didn't think twice about it. I loved sitting on the loft eating ice cream with you <3 So many ornaments on my Christmas tree are from you and I treasure every one of them. The Jesus Bear you gave Tommy when he was born still sits prominently on his shelf. I wish you could have let us in when you were sick... you taught me to let others feel the joy of helping me as I do when I help them.. A lesson I wish I would have learned earlier in life and have passed on to my son. I was always a giver and never felt comfortable accepting help from others, until you.... This is not goodbye, just so long for now.... until we meet again, my sweet 'Bonita"...