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Guille  Tuttle

Guille Tuttle

Sunday, September 19th, 1948 - Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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Obituary

Guille Erminia Vasquez was born in Greencastle, IN, on 19 September 1948, to Ralph Vasquez and Mabel Reed. With her parents following teaching opportunities, she grew up in Texas, Mexico City, the Los Angeles area, Tijuana and Mexicali. In 1963 she moved to Calexico, CA, where she met her husband to be, Rodney Tuttle. They married on 14 July 1965 in Brawley, CA.

In 1969 they moved to El Cajon so Rodney could attend San Diego State University. She initially worked as an assistant auditor at a commercial insurance company but soon started a home care service to be at home to raise their 2 children, Rodney and Brian.

In 1980 she started assisting her husband with technical artwork design. She specialized in printed circuit board artwork and had many clients. In 1982 the couple started the successful GET Engineering Corp. providing technical equipment to the US Navy.

While being a business woman growing her company, she was also actively involved with her children's activities as well as many civic functions. For many years she coached her children and her nephews in both youth soccer, little league baseball, and youth basketball. Her duties included field preparation, scorekeeping, umpire, snack shop, recruiting sponsors, etc. She even organized the first ever basketball cheerleading group for the youth basketball league.

Civic services included leading the drive to build a new multipurpose facility for the Alpine Community Center, hosting youth after school programs and the senior citizen food program. She then lead the drive to develop the Olaf Wieghorst Western Heritage Center and Museum, rescuing from demolition the El Cajon home of famous western artist. She recruited volunteers and donated services and moved the house and adobe out buildings to the museum site.

When the Alpine Veterans' Wall of Honor was established she sponsored 10 memorial plaques, one each for her veteran relatives.

She also actively supported the future generations by establishing the RGT trust and provided scholarships to more than 40 deserving students attending local colleges and vocational schools. Other scholarships were given through the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and Cumberland College ( on behalf of her mother ).

Her generosity also extended to grants to many local civic organizations like the McGrath Family YMCA, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum, the USS Midway Museum, the Heritage of the Americas Museum, the Alpine Historical Society, and the San Diego Humane Society.

An accomplished pilot, Guille enjoyed taking cross country trips with her husband in her own airplane. Over the years they made many trips to visit relatives, ski with friends, or for business. In her spare time Guille indulged in many hobbies including gardening, sewing, china painting, genealogy, landscape painting, knitting, and making jams and jellies from the many fruit trees in her garden.

Guille passed away at her home early Thursday morning, 20 February 2020, after a long period of disability and suffering from effects of Lupus. Late Wednesday night, when the end was near her husband Rod, sons Rodney and Brian, daughter in law Liz, sister in law Elizabeth Tuttle, cousin Mike Reed, and friend Jennifer Beckman gathered by her bedside to hold her hand and give her comfort. Mike used her guitar and sang her a couple of comforting songs. They were all at her bedside when she passed.


Guille is survived by her husband, Rod, son Rodney ( wife Liz ), son Brian, grandsons, Nick and Andrew ( wife Miranda ), great grand kids, Aurora and Rhydian, her 103 year old mother, Mabel Stenstrom, twin brothers John ( wife Yolanda ) and Mike ( wife Hilda ) and their families, and best friend Jennifer Beckman. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Her memorial services will be on Friday, 28 February 2020. Guest greeting and public viewing at East County Mortuary, El Cajon, CA, will start at 10 AM with the memorial service at 11 AM, Rev John J Crepeau officiating. The interment service will follow at 2 PM at Singing Hills Memorial Park, El Cajon, CA.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations in Guille's name to two charities that meant the most to her. The Humane Society and San Diego Habitat Conservation.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    East County Mortuary Chapel
    Address
    374 N. Magnolia Ave.
    EL CAJON, CA 92020
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  • Service

    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    East County Mortuary Chapel
    Address
    374 N. Magnolia Ave.
    EL CAJON, CA 92020
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Singing Hills Memorial Park
    Address
    2800 Dehesa Rd.
    EL CAJON, CA 92019
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Dieter Hoffmann

Posted at 12:22pm
Dieter & Monika

Received the message today, now we have to say good bye and thanks for the time you spent with us.
We will always will remember you as a fine lady
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Kathy Reed

Posted at 08:21pm
Guille was loved by us all! We will miss her dearly! I am grateful to have known this amazing lady (through marriage to her first cousin). Rod, you were blessed to have been her life long companion. And I was blessed by being part of the extended family! She always made you feel loved and welcomed.
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Jon Evans

Posted at 11:51am
Rod, my heart breaks for you & your whole family. Very sorry I could not be in CA for Guille’s services. Was glad my Mom was able to be there. As I’ve spoken about with Brian, I know you’ll miss your better half every moment of every day (more than any of us can understand) but I also know in my heart you’ll be together with her again, some day ✝️ You and Guille were always such a big wonderful part of the Worley’s life for my entire childhood & youth, and therefore I was fortunate she was a little part of mine too. I’m grateful to our merciful God that Guille is no longer suffering with any pain or disability. You are a genuinely good man Rod. I’m truly truly sorry for your loss of your Wife. Love you guys 🙏🏻💔. Kindest regards always, Jon
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Mary Alice Anderson

Posted at 06:25pm
Guille,
Bruce and I always loved watching the soccer games that you and Rod coached!
Brian and David were cute soccer players on their team called the Earthquakes.
We love you Guille!
Bruce and Mary
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Greg and Amye

Posted at 01:00pm
Guille seemed to always be looking out for or taking care of others. She was totally dedicated to her husband, Rod, and their two sons. In as much life is about love and meaningful work, she gave us both. Her charitable heart gave us a different view of love and its unlimited potential to change people’s lives. Whatever she and Rod had they were willing to share with others. She shared her wisdom, her loyalty, her friendship and her money. Countless lives have been changed by her love.

She also had the ability to encourage people to work hard and give meaning to whatever work one did in life. That included everyone who worked in the Corporation she and Rod founded or the many non-profit organizations she was to lead or be a part of. She encouraged us in exactly this same way by giving us charge over the organization she and Rod set up for charitable purposes. This was one of the great experiences of our lives. We still see the remarkable results to individuals, community and society of this extraordinary love poured out to others. To be sure, she gave us a whole new perspective on meaningful work.
Guille, we love and miss you and will never forget you. God sent blessings which you passed onto many others.

Greg and Amye Mac Neil
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