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In loving memory of
Katherine “Kathy” Ann Tucker
  • February 16, 1937
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  • July 30, 2022

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On the morning of July30, 2022, Kathy passed away peacefully in her home after a long and slow battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Kathy was comforted at her bedside by her husband of nearly 67 years, Donald Henry Tucker. Kathy was 85 years of age.

Kathy Tucker was born in Montgomery, Alabama on February 16, 1937. Kathy was the third child out of nine born to Resse Ellen and William Harold Martin.

Kathy and the Martin family moved to Florida where Kathy attended Lake Wales High School. Kathy played on the basketball team in her junior year. In Kathy’s senior year of high school, she met the Love of Her Life. Donald Henry Tucker. Kathy graduated Lake Wales High School in 1955.

On September 30, 1955, Donald and Kathy were married before God, family and friends. Both were 18 years of age.

Kathy worked for Dade County School Board for 22 years. Kathy was Cafeteria Manager and Baker. Kathy’s daughters believe that she worked at the school so that Kathy could keep an eye on them.

Kathy was a member of the Garden Club at Spruce Creek Fly In. Kathy loved working in her garden and growing beautiful flowers.

Kathy was preceded in death by William Howard Martin (father), Reese Ellen Whidden (mother), Betty Allen Fuller (sister),William Ray Martin (brother), Lessie Marie White (sister).

Kathy is survived by her husband, Donald Henry Tucker and her two beautiful daughters, Kathy Jayne Tucker Kirkland and Mildred Elaine Tucker Ward.

Kathy is also survived by her five grandchildren, Donald Kirkland, Dustin Kirkland, Debra Concannon, Sean Gleason and Heather Gleason along with 10 great grandchildren and five of her siblings Joe Ellen Martin Arnold, John Wayne Martin, Robert Carl (Dusty) Martin, James Larry Martin and Marty Martin Ptacek.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 1 Causeway N., New Smyrna Beach, Florida, immediately followed by graveside services at Fitzgerald Cemetery, 5326 Jay Street, Lakeland, Florida.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association, in tribute to Katherine Ann Tucker.

Kathy’s husband, Donald and her two daughters, Kathy Jayne and Elaine would like to acknowledge a Special Thank You to Betsie Corbett of Port Orange, Florida. Thank you, Betsie, for the 5 years of service. Betsie not only cared for Kathy but has become a very important member of our family.

Kathy’s family would also like to thank Karen Rose of Port Orange, Florida, for all she has done to provide care and comfort. We also acknowledge Halifax Hospice Care and Jason R. Mercer M.D. for all the support given to Kathy.

Katherine Ann Tucker was Loved By All and Will Truly Be Missed


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  1. Donna L Poggis says:
    03 Aug 2022
    I have wonderful memories of traveling with Kathy and Don. Kathy was warm and caring and I loved being with her.
    Rest in peace Kathy, until we meet again.

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    03 Aug 2022
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  3. Diana Lansdale says:
    03 Aug 2022
    I was in 2nd grade when Aunt Kathy and my Uncle Donnie were married on September 30th, 1955. I think that was the first time that I met Aunt Kathy and at the time, Aunt Kathy’s little brother, Larry Martin, was in my 2nd grade class. I was sure that Larry and I were now related to each other, now that his Sister had married my Uncle!
    I remember that Aunt Kathy was the most beautiful blonde bride that I had ever seen! She could have been a model for a Bride Doll, she was so stunning!
    Aunt Kathy was always so sweet to me and she always seemed to love all of us! She was always such a hard worker, caring for my Uncle Donnie and her girls. Aunt Kathy could do it all, she never needed a Handy Man!! I doubt a handy man could have kept up with her when she painted their house one summer!!
    Aunt Kathy was my hero and I was always in awe of her many abilities, especially her cooking and frying French Fries every night for my Uncle Donnie for his dinner when he came home from work!!
    I love you, Aunt Kathy and we will miss visiting with you and hearing all of your stories of your Family! ❤️

  4. Ben Lansdale says:
    03 Aug 2022
    Great memories with Aunt Kathy and Uncle Donnie. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time. Much love to you all.
    Love,
    Ben Lansdale & Family

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  8. Kim Brooks says:
    02 Aug 2022
    Prayers and love to the entire family. Kathy was such a beautiful, sweet woman in so many ways. A wonderful mother and I was lucky to be her daughters’ friend so I was included on many trips to the Keys and Lake Wales. Beautiful memories. I’m blessed to have these times to remember. Thank you Kathy, Rest In Peace ❤️

  9. Debbie says:
    02 Aug 2022
    Aunt Kathy was a beautiful lady inside and out. When she married my Uncle Don, she made his family her family. She treated us like we were her own children. She was a great cook and worked hard at everything she did. She had a sweet and compassionate heart towards anyone that was struggling in life. She especially loved children and when we had the pleasure of staying with her family, she made everything fun:) We love and will miss her so much.

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    02 Aug 2022
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  11. Lacey says:
    02 Aug 2022
    Love you so much kathy. You were truly an amazing women. You will be missed, but never forgotten.
    All my love,
    Lacey

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    02 Aug 2022
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  14. Kathy Wilson says:
    02 Aug 2022
    Kathy was such a wonderful influence in my life. She was an amazing lady who was so smart, loving and so funny and quick witted. She will always be in my heart. I will always remember our fun adventures and the many things she taught me from cooking, to drinking a little wine to cracking open a coconut, and feeding the manatees. So much more…Peace and love, Kathy

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