Susana Gutierrez Godoy was born in Tepechitlan, Zacatecas state, Mexico, on 24 May 1910. She was born as the second child out of five children. Her mother Francisca Godoy Ortiz (1885–1916) died when she was just six years old, and her father Juan Gutierrez Correa (1887–1983) died at the age 95. Her aunt took over as the caretaker for Susana and her other siblings (as a mother role). She worked from a very young age for the same reason, since her father remarried when she was older, so her whole life was dedicated to selling food, menudo (traditional Mexican soup), and dinners in Tepechitlan City. She also loved to drink mezcal.
Gutierrez Godoy married for the first time at the age of 21 and became a widow. She married her first husband Jose Estrada Meza on 19 April 1932. He died over a year later on 5 December 1933. She then married a second time. Her second husband was Pedro Vazquez Parra, and they married on 8 June 1939. Susana was 29 years old at the time. She also had a daughter, who died at the age of three months. After her daughter’s death, she was not able to have any more children.
One of her brothers died at the age of 32 due to a heart attack, and one of her other brothers, Agustin, lived to the age of 92.
Gutierrez Godoy was very independent. She always cooked for herself until she was around 100. She once also had her own chickens as well.
She became the oldest known (documented) living person in Mexico, following the death of Angela Diaz Millan on 19 October 2022.