Maria Elena Parry

August 1, 1942 - September 26, 2021

Our cherished mother, grandmother, and friend was called home on the 26th day of September, 2021.

She was born August 1, 1942. The only child of Juan and Belen Vallejo. 

She spent her childhood in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from West High School. Maria spent her career in the Automotive Industry where she spent many years as a service cashier, where she enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends daily. 

On April 4, 1973 she married her forever friend and loving husband Michael K. Parry. Together they had her greatest joy, her daughter Tracy.

Their has never been a more kind and loving woman as Maria, she genuinely cared about everyone who knew her and she was always there for everyone her entire life. 

Cooking and food was a passion of Maria’s. She spent many hours making sure everyone was stuffed and her grandchildren will forever remember her steaks. Her favorite hobby was shopping. She loved hunting for the best sale. She had a very giving nature and was always buying for everyone else.

She also love traveling, seeing and experiencing new places. She especially had a special fondness for cruises. Maria also had a gift for fashion and shoes. She always looked as beautiful on the outside as she was on the inside.

Maria’s greatest love in life was her five grandchildren. Her love for her daughter and grandchildren knew no bounds. She was exceptionally proud of her grandchildren, telling endless stories of them, she shared a special relationship with each one of them. Granny always let everyone know Tracy and the kids were her life. Being more of a second mother to the kids, she was always there to love and support them throughout their lives. There was nothing was more important to her.

To know Maria was to love her. Her favorite saying to tell Tracy and the kids was “I love you more today, more today than yesterday, but less than I will tomorrow.”

She is survived by her daughter Tracy (Daniel) Gutierrez, grandchildren Steven (D.J.), Marissa, Mariah and Darian Gutierrez. Stepdaughter Michelle Farsnworth.

Preceded in death by parents Juan and Belen Vallejo, aunts and uncles, her favorite uncles Albert and Carlos Ybarra, beloved granddaughter Miranda Lynn Gutierrez, and her treasured companion Sophie (her dog).

A viewing will be on Tuesday, October 5th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT, where Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 6th at 12:30 PM at Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 East South Temple.  Interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Ave. and “T” Street.