Rebecca Julia Gutierrez
Rebecca Julia Gutierrez passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in Everett, Washington. She was born December 18, 1976, in Santa Barbara. The second of five children born to Connie Gutierrez Figueroa and Jose Gutierrez, she was named for both of her grandmothers. Rebecca “Becky” was a loving and proud mother to her only son, Tommy, and known to be a fierce “Mama Bear.”
Becky attended Franklin School and SBJH, before graduating in 1995 from Santa Barbara High School. While at SBHS, Becky served as the Editor of the school newspaper, The Forge. Her love of writing and reading continued through adulthood. Becky loved to keep journals, and was known for her way with words. She was incredibly giving, never hesitating to help someone in need. In addition to her passion for words, Becky loved genealogy and the arts. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends which almost always involved a cup of coffee and great conversation. Her greatest love and joy, however, was her son Tommy. They enjoyed spending time outdoors on hikes and trying new restaurants.
She is survived by her son, Tomas Alberto Gutierrez; her mother, Connie Gutierrez Figueroa; her siblings: Roberto, Alejandro, Hortencia, and Guillermo Gutierrez; five nephews, two nieces, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Jose Gutierrez.
A rosary will take place on Thursday, December 13th at 7:30pm and Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 14th at 10:00am both at Holy Cross Church. Interment services will follow the mass at Santa Barbara Cemetery. A reception will follow at Holy Cross Church hall. Holy Cross Church 1740 Cliff Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93109.
The family has set up a fund for her son Tomas Gutierrez at RaboBank, 914 Carpinteria St., #628308701 for those wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers.