On Monday, November 8, 2021, Marie M. Guthrie went to heaven from her home in Firebaugh, CA. She was 93.
Marie is survived by her children James of Fresno, Roger and wife Joy of the Madera Ranchos, Annette and her favorite son-in-law Larry of Fresno, and Alan and wife Marcy of Fresno.
Marie had 3 grandchildren: Adam and his wife Brittany, Vincent and his wife Noelle, and Allison and husband Nick all of the Madera Ranchos.
Marie had 8 great grandchildren: Morgan, Maddox, Chase, Wyatt, JoyBeth, Annabelle, Kira, and Sawyer.
Marie’s parents were Martin and Rose Barcellos.
Marie has 4 siblings: Lydia Rocha (deceased), Eulalia Martin (deceased). Martin Barcellos of Fresno, and Marguerite Valentino of Fresno.
Marie was born on April 12, 1928 in San Joaquin, CA. She was raised in San Joaquin where her family owned a dairy ranch. The entire family grew up milking cows and working their ranch. She went to Tranquility High School and then to study music at Fresno State College. She met her husband Jim soon after, married, and started her family. Marie continued her love of music by participating and leading the St. Joseph’s Church choir. Marie played the piano and organ there for the next 50 years. She also led the St. Joseph’s school choir and was band director of that small school band. There were over 50 years of private students in her home learning piano, guitar, and various instruments.
Marie always put her family first. There was nothing she didn’t do for her children. She loved cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. Numerous bake sales, church/school bazaars, and fundraisers occupied her time.
Marie’s love of her family, music, church, and rich Portuguese heritage are her legacy. Her sense humor and feisty attitude helped carry her through a long and full life.
The Guthrie family would like to thank long caregivers Michelle, Rita, Maria, Gloria M., Gloria R., Annette, Cindy, Mende, and Carey. These ladies showed our mom a lot of love and respect.
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