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In Memory of

Maria Gutierrez

May 22, 1926 - September 16, 2016

Obituary


María Elena Rosell Illas was born on May 22, 1926 in Santiago de Cuba to Manolo Rosell and Rosario Illas; she was their second and youngest child. She received her primary education at her beloved Sacred Heart of Jesus School and her secondary education at Colegio Baldor in Havana, after the family moved there. She graduated from the University of Havana and then taught for a few years at the Sacred Heart School in Havana and for a while at the University of Havana. In 1951 she married Alberto Gutiérrez, the love of her life,...

María Elena Rosell Illas was born on May 22, 1926 in Santiago de Cuba to Manolo Rosell and Rosario Illas; she was their second and youngest child. She received her primary education at her beloved Sacred Heart of Jesus School and her secondary education at Colegio Baldor in Havana, after the family moved there. She graduated from the University of Havana and then taught for a few years at the Sacred Heart School in Havana and for a while at the University of Havana. In 1951 she married Alberto Gutiérrez, the love of her life, and together they started a family. In 1960 after Fidel Castro's rise to power, María and Alberto fled Cuba to protect their four daughters from inevitable indoctrination into the Marxist philosophy of Castro's government. Ultimately, they settled in Dallas where their fifth daughter was born. The first years in her new country were difficult and lonely for María. She was far away from all she knew and loved and had lost everything she treasured. Armed with courage and faith she moved forward and acclimated to her new home and even became a great Dallas Cowboy fan.

She taught for many years here in Dallas, first at Holy Trinity School and then at St. Monica School. Although she was a hard task master, she was beloved and respected by her students. As Alberto's career flourished, she was able to retire to what she considered her primary job - being a wife and mother. Her deep faith in Jesus and love of the Catholic Church sustained her as she worked tirelessly to raise her five daughters as children of God and to guide them toward the salvation of their souls. She was the glue that held the family together through all the spiritual and physical trials and tribulations of life. Her classic impeccable elegance both in her dress and behavior set an example for her daughters and her granddaughters and was admired by all who knew her. She was indeed the ultimate lady. She was the proverbial "great woman" behind Alberto and a mother, with all the spiritual and physical nuances of the word, to her five daughters. She will be remembered as such by all who knew her.

María was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Raúl, her beloved Alberto, and her son-in-law, Gus Doskey. She is survived by five daughters: María Elena Doskey, Cristina (Bill) Moore, Beatriz (Mike) Brady, Ana María Gutiérrez and Cecilia (Kip) Kernodle; thirteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren and one on the way; numerous nieces and nephews; and a small number of cousins. Services will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church, 9933 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX 75220, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Rosary at 10:30 AM followed by Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM.