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Memorial created 07-12-2016 by
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Mary Esther Bootz
April 2 1928 - July 5 2016

Mom at age 31

Mary Esther Bootz (nee Gutierrez), wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died suddenly on July 5, 2016, in her home in the Woodlands, Texas. She leaves behind her husband William Bootz, two children Sandy Bootz (Drew Miller) and Bill Bryan Bootz, five grandchildren William “Blake” Bootz, Connor “Jake” Bootz, Zachary Drake Bootz, Sam Bootz Miller and Nate Bootz Miller, extended family primarily in Michigan, and many dear friends.


Mary was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 2, 1928, to Josephine Gutierrez (nee Castro) and Alberto Gutierrez. Her life was characterized by caring for others, a love of travel, entertaining in her home and volunteering in her community. On a skiing trip in Michigan she met and later married Bill Bootz. Mary may have been a better fisherman than her husband, a claim she would frequently remind him and others of, though Bill maintains this was only because he had to bait her hooks and remove the many fish from the line after she caught them.


In 1967, Mary moved with her family from Michigan to Middletown, Ohio, where she became involved in numerous clubs – Bridge, Gourmet, Garden – formed lifelong friendships, and continued to develop her artistic interests which included cooking, pottery, and photography. In all her interests, she was thoroughly committed and applied herself wholeheartedly. After studying pottery, she was awarded best of show several times and was proud to have her pottery displayed in the Ohio Governor’s Mansion. Before moving briefly to England, she was a co-owner of a catering and culinary business, and was delighted to have once been complimented on her cooking by Vincent Price after catering a dinner for him.


In 1981, Mary moved with her family to the Woodlands, Texas, where she resided in her Panther Creek home for 35 years. While in the Woodlands, she continued her service to others and formed more close friendships. During the 1980s, she was active in the neighborhood organization – “The Indian Clover Braves” – for which she organized and hosted multiple events. She was the longest serving elected official in the Panther Creek Village Association, holding a number of offices including Treasurer and coordinator of the annual “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” event. Mary also assumed the Presidency of the Woodlands Hiking Club and transformed and revitalized it into the Woodlands Hiking and Cuisine Club. Not being a fan of hiking, she organized trips to Mexico, Alaska, Canada, the United Kingdom and numerous other places where those so inclined could hike and she could shop. Her volunteer work with the Community Clinic and International Friends group were additional sources of friendship and connections.


Mary had a strong personality. Most who met her have a story to tell about her. She loved to dance and was a world-class bargain hunter. She loved to collect interesting objects and decorate her home with them. At Christmas, she enjoyed cooking treats for friends and family, and giving and receiving gifts. She spoke directly, disliked hypocrisy, and cared for the underdog. She was exceptionally loyal and never divulged a secret. She was a close friend to many and a second “mom” to others. Mary had tremendous vitality and youthfulness, even in her 88th year, when she left us too soon. Her absence leaves a tremendous void, and we are grateful for our many memories.


A funeral mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, August 5 @ 11 a.m. at St. Simon and Jude Church in the Woodlands. Light reception and celebration of her life to follow. Please wear colorful clothing and bring your stories. Please notify her daughter at smbootz@gmail.com if you will join us.


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