CONCORD, NH: It is with great sadness that we announce that Zeta (Ditty) Jean Price Gutmann passed away on January 3, 2023 at the age of 100 years and 9 months, and may have been the oldest living Price.
Ditty, was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia on March 17, 1922 to Beatrice Churchill Price and James E. Price. She moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and later became a naturalized U.S. Citizen. She married Richard A. Gutmann in 1942 and they later moved to Bellows Falls, VT in 1964. Ditty then lived in Contoocook, NH from 1977 until her admission to the Pleasant View Center, Concord, in 2015.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, James (Buddy) Price, passed in 1992, her husband, Richard A. Gutmann, passed in 2007, her son, Richard (Buddy) Gutmann, Jr., passed in 2017, her adopted daughter, Wendy Jean Gutmann Littlefield, passed in 2019 and her special life-long friend, Dorsey Gray Price, passed in 2020. Dorsey became her aunt, as well as her friend, when Dorsey married Ditty’s Uncle Doug in 1940.
Ditty is survived by her children, Kathleen Eames, Margaret (Peg) Bergeron and husband, Marc Bergeron, Dianna (Tinker) Liimatainen and Carol Walker. She also leaves five grandchildren, Aaron Eames and his wife, Zoe, Pamela Gerst and her husband, Kyle, Jennifer Eames, Jim Liimatainen and his wife, Aleyandra, Adam Liimatainen and his partner, Fernanda, two adoptive grandchildren, Alishia Littlefield and Carl Littlefield, Jr and six great-grandchildren, Declan, Nora, Henry, Dylan, Elliot and Leon.
Ditty was beloved by her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends who were inspired by her philosophies of life, her kindness and enthusiasm for all things spiritual. She will be lovingly remembered for her beautiful blue eyes, her rendition of Blueberry Hill, her delicious baking skills, her incredible flower garden and her collection of amazing gem stones that she collected over the years. For many years she ran Crystal Clear Gifts with her daughter, Dianna, selling hand made jewelry and wands made from her gems at Malls and craft shows. Ditty was also an artist who enjoyed painting and was excited when her artwork was purchased. Thankfully there are many of her paintings kept by family and friends that we can cherish.
Although Ditty’s long life was filled with loving family and friends, she also suffered from many tragedies that impacted her throughout her life even as she would sacrifice to care for others. She sought solace through her family, her garden, her artwork and spiritual endeavors right up to the time that Alzheimer’s took her years before she actually physically passed. We extend to the staff of Pleasant View our grateful thanks for the seven years of care given to Ditty.
There will be a private family Celebration of Ditty’s Life at later date in Contoocook, NH.
The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation service Hillsboro, NH is assisting the family.