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