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.


19 July

Memorial Service

3:30 pm


Lolita Gutierrez Newland

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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"...