D. Mariea Guthrie

D. Mariea Guthrie

  • Funeral Date: 5/20/17
  • Funeral Time: 10:30 AM
  • Date of Birth: 6/17/30
  • Date of Death: 4/16/17
  • Funeral Location: Skinner Memorial Chapel on Carleton Campus

D Mariea Guthrie (née Budnovitch) passed away peacefully at Cerenity Senior Care on April 16, 2017 in St Paul, MN at the age of 86, after an extended encounter with dementia.

Mariea is survived by her daughters, “The Guthrie Girls”, Pamela Guthrie of St Paul, Lisa Guthrie of Minneapolis, Victoria (Charles) Jones of Minneapolis and Alison Guthrie of Minneapolis; two darling sisters, Ann S. Walima of Rockport, Massachusetts and Patricia E. Sundik of Portland, Maine. Finally, her four grandchildren Calder Guthrie of Seattle, Washington, Mikala Love of Los Angeles, California, Logan and Mac Jones of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mariea was preceded in death by her parents, her brother William Budnovitch of Kansas City, Kansas, her infant sister Mary Alice, and her magical grandson Gabriel Ferguson.

Mariea was born on June 17th, 1930 in Highland Park, Michigan to William and Anna Budnovitch. She attended Rhode Island School of Design in 1951. She married Peter M. Guthrie in 1954, they were married for 25 years. After moving to Northfield in 1960, Mariea began working for Bierman’s Furniture as an interior designer and teaching art classes at The Arts Guild. Several years later she began her amazing 40-year career at Carleton College where she devoted her time, talent, and love of creating long lasting interior designs, which preserved the historical beauty of Carleton’s building and furnishings.

Mariea lived a life of love, giving of herself unconditionally to family, friends, Carleton College, the Northfield community and to all animals. She was involved with the Raptor Society, International Crane Federation and she helped to start the local humane society. She loved travel and adventure, spending time in Greece, Scotland, working as an inspector for the Humane Society and even trying flying lessons.

A Memorial is scheduled for May 20th, 10:30 am at Skinner Memorial Chapel, with a reception to follow at Great Hall. All whose lives were touched by Mariea, are welcome to attend and celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Prairie’s Edge Humane Society at 680 Professional Drive, Northfield, MN. Condolences can be sent to biermanfuneralhome.com/ 2017/04/16/d-mariea-guthrie. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Cerenity Senior Care in St Paul for their love and kindness and also the hospice workers who gave Mariea and her children support and care. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home.


  1. Pat Dunn Matson

    A lady I had the pleasure of meeting many years ago! We became good friends, didn’t see each other often but when we did we picked up exactly where we had left off on our last visit. She was a most beautiful example of a loving, kind, compassionate woman. I will always remember Mariea Guthrie with the fondness of memories! God rest her beautiful soul! Sending loving prayers to her family and friends, all who knew her and loved her!

    • Alison Guthrie

      Thank you for sharing the memories about our lovely mother!

  2. Mariea was someone who somehow combined class and mischief in a way that drew people to her. She had a wonderful, hearty laugh and the ability to listen with her whole being. She made me feel special and I will never forget her.

  3. Mariea was my big sister and the light of my life. I am grateful to her for all that she was to me, mentor, role model, fairy godmother, giver of all good things. She is the only person in my lifetime that never let me down. She only lifted me up. I was her “little bug” the youngest in our family of four children. She provided me with endless opportunities to travel, learn about art, and how to appreciate the beauty in all of God’s creation. Her remarkable spirit will continue to inspire me forever. Our love for each other was so deep and rich that not even death can separate us, for we were always one in spirit. I love you my sweet Mariea. Patti kisses.

  4. Eileen (Malecha) Cooper

    I worked/babysat for the Guthrie family when I was in high school. I always admired and respected Mariea. Her love, kindness, and understanding held no boundaries. She once did my hair when I was going out on a date and added treasured hair pieces she had. She made me feel so special. I can not forget you, dear Mariea. You were beautiful inside and out.

  5. Nikki Lamberty

    I had the great good fortune to work with Mariea for many years. Her tireless energy, delightful sense of fun, elegance, and grace always sparkle brightly in my thoughts of her. And who will ever forget her wonderful smile?! Sending much love to her amazing daughters Pam, Lisa, Victoria, Alison, their families, others in her family, and her many friends and colleagues.

  6. Stephen Kelly

    Mariea had that decorator’s “eye” that improved the look of so many places at Carleton. I had the pleasure of working with her for many years as a Department Chair and then Dean for Budget and Planning. As someone who had a good “ear” but not that eye, I really appreciated what she could do.