In Loving Memory of
Michael Francis Guthrie
Michael Francis Guthrie
On Monday 3/7/16, our Heavenly Father carried Michael Francis Guthrie home after his nine month struggle with cancer and his forty year struggle with mental illness. Michael was living in Pasadena, TX at the time of his death.
Born on 7/15/53 at San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown, TX to his parents Margaret and Douglas Guthrie, he was the younger of two children. Michael was raised in Baytown. He attended James Bowie Elementary, Cedar Bayou Junior High, and he graduated from Ross S. Sterling High School. He was a Cub Scout and also a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
Michael was a high achieving student at Cedar Bayou and Ross S. Sterling, but he also found and began developing his lifetime love of music during this period. He excelled as a band member at both schools under the direction of Mr. Wallace at Cedar Bayou and Mr. Hargis at Sterling. His primary focus was percussion, but he also played flute and guitar. While still in High School, his enjoyment of music led him, along with a few of his musical friends, to form a garage band, Millstone. They played at local barbeques, festivals, and other functions, primarily in Baytown.
Upon graduation from Sterling, Michael attended The University of Texas at Austin with a double major in music and psychology. Once again, Michael was a straight A student, but during his junior year, the onset of debilitating medical conditions forced him to leave school and return to his family in Baytown.
After a few years of working in Baytown, Michael married and moved to Dayton, TX where he lived and worked for many years until medical concerns, again, disrupted his life. He and his wife of twenty-two years were divorced, and Michael was forced to reside in several medical facilities in Harris County. Michael never abandoned his love for music. It was a constant thread for communication between him and those who loved him.
Michael has been one of the bravest individuals that we have ever known. Some would look at his life and declare it a failure. We, his family, do not. Indeed, Michael was "different", and he suffered for it throughout his adult life. Those of us who have loved Michael believe God gave us Michael to remind us that we all are "different" in our own unique ways. Understanding and appreciating that "difference" enrichs us as human beings. Thank you, Michael, for touching the lives of those who have loved you.
Michael is preceded in death by his Mother, Margaret Lee Francis Guthrie and his Father, Douglas Lloyd Guthrie. He is survived by his Sister, Beverly Guthrie Reasor and her Husband, David Jeffrey Reasor, of University Park, MD, his Aunt, Gail Nordstrom of Velva, ND, his Uncle, Dennis Guthrie, of Bridgeport, NE, and many cousins living throughout the United States and globally. Those closest to Michael were Janie Vicknair and her family of Alexandria, LA, Larry Gibbons of Alexandria, LA, Joe Delan Gibbons of Dubai, UAE, and Alexandria Gibbons of Dallas, TX, and Steve Francis and his family of Plano, TX.
In closing, Michaelâ€™s Family would like to thank several of the special unsung heroes, his Caregivers, that we met along the way: Dexter Guice, Claudia Rodriques, Laurel Pruett, Mona Hollis, Lisa Bean-Kemp, Sheryl Ford, Heather, Veronica, Vicki, Sherry, Lauren, Sophie, Zach, Audrey, Renata, Irish, and all of the many others who lovingly cared for Michael. You know who you are. We also wish to thank our amazing private sitters: Cynthia Moreno and Martin Wickliff. Michael was in such good hands with you, and so were we.
Visitation will occur on Thursday 3/10/16, 10:00AM at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home, 6123 Garth Road, Baytown, TX. The memorial service will follow, 11:00 AM, at the same location. Interment will take place at 2:00PM at Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery, 8624 Garth Road, Baytown, TX.
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