Mina passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her only surviving brother Javier Gutierrez, her niece Vanessa J. Garcia, grandniece Isabella Garcia, grandnephew, Eddie Garcia and longtime caregiver Gaby Hernandez.
She was born and raised in San Ygnacio, Texas and attended elementary school in San Ygnacio and Zapata, Texas, before moving to Laredo where she attended Macdonell Elementary, Christen Middle School and graduated from Martin High School in 1959. She was not only a growing dance talent, she was also a skilled equestrian and because of her talent in horsemanship, was named Princess Pocahontas in 1963.
Mina began her dance training in middle school under the guidance of Altagracia Azios Garcia, where she met her long-time male dance partner, Rogelio Rodriguez. Since the mid 50’s, she would often travel to Zapata, Texas, and this was where she decided to begin her dance teaching career.
Her professional career as a flamenco dancer blossomed after she was asked to perform with a renown flamenco dance company in San Antonio. This opportunity took her to other parts of the country, specifically Los Angeles, California. At this time, she cultivated her talent in Spain where she studied under Nana Lorca and Jose Greco, to name a few.
In 1977, she opened up Mina Gutierrez Dance Arts Centre on 2820 Price, where she started with 7 students and grew to have over 500 under her direction. She had her first annual recital the same year, and had one each year thereafter.
On January 1st, 1981, she married the love of her life, Nicholas David Hachar. They built a beautiful life together. He supported her love for her career in dance until the day he passed on October 27, 1999 in Laredo, Texas.
In the early 90’s, she expanded and opened The Laredo Dance Centre for the Performing Arts on McPherson Road where she not only offered dance, but opportunities for classes in violin, guitar, and piano. After 20 years, in 1999 she closed the doors to the Laredo Dance Centre and retired. She continued to perform for several years after, finally hanging up her castanets and flamenco shoes.
She was recognized for her “standing room only” recitals that included beautifully choreographed ballet, jazz, and flamenco performances. Her late brother, Fernando “Mundi” Gutierrez and Eddie Bravo played the flamenco music for the dances and offered a true “cuadro flamenco” feel. She also performed dances such as: La Boda de Luis Alonzo, Triana, Jota Bailables, and Las Sevillanas (just to name a few) along with her adult flamenco group for the finale of her recitals. She would close out the night with her interpretation of the song “El Toro Enamorado de la Luna”.
Mina’s passion was always dance and she fulfilled her childhood dream of being a professional dancer. Although she did not have any children of her own, she was a very loving and nurturing woman. She was a second mother to all of her students, instilling a passion for dance through her untiring efforts and guidance. Through her patience, dedication, and encouragement, she took her students above and beyond through the values of responsibility, punctuality, and self-discipline. She was a role model to many and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bernabe Genaro Gutiérrez; mother, Piedad Ávila Gutiérrez; siblings, Clelia Quintanilla (Luis Quintanilla), Candelaria “Lita” Fasci (Humberto Fasci), Esperanza Barrón (Baldemar “Pache” Barrón), Antonio Gutiérrez (Emma Gutiérrez), Marica Logan (Marc Logan), Israel B. Gutiérrez (Marina Gutiérrez), Yolanda Sánchez (Roberto Sánchez), Enrique “Henry” Gutierrez (Martha Gutiérrez), Fernando “Mundi” Gutiérrez, and Ricardo “Dicky” Gutiérrez (Sara Gutiérrez).
Left to cherish her memory are her only surviving brother, Javier Alonzo Gutierrez and Judith Gutierrez, sister-in-law, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, and great-grandnephews.
**COVID-19 protocols will be in place to safeguard the family and guests wishing to attend Mina’s funeral services. Please practice social distancing as well as use a mask while inside the premises of the funeral chapel and church. **
Live streaming will be available for the Rosary as well as the Mass by clicking the link available on the online obituary found on the funeral home website.
The family will receive condolences on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services; where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will commence at 7 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 19, 2021; procession will depart at 8:40 am from Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels to St. John Neumann Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9 a.m. with Father Salvador Pedroza officiating.
Pallbearers will be: Hugo Gerardo Flores II, Eduardo Garcia II, Fernando J. Gutierrez, Javier A. Gutierrez Jr., Javier A. Gutierrez III, and Bernabe Sanchez II.
Cremation Services and Interment will be held privately by her family at a later date.
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Arrangements are under the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.