Donna Jean Tucker
On March 11th, 1966 in Huntington West Virginia, Donna Tucker was born to Vernon and Janet Booth. A kind and gracious soul entered the world that day and left us to go in peace and love on February 12th, 2021.
Donna was a woman with many roles. A daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, a mother, and a grandmother. It would be impossible to list the many roles she filled and how her presence on this Earth touched so many people, so deeply.
She will be remembered as a woman who always had a kind word for everyone she met, whether they be family, friends, or even strangers. Hers was a peaceful and gentle soul who saw and wished for the best in everyone that she met and she was loved in return by many.
On June 8th, 1985 Donna married the love of her life Charles Tucker. They had a wonderful and loving marriage of thirty-five years and had two children, Brandon and Preston.
Donna was full of talents and tried her hand at a multitude of skills and activities. From early on she was a Girl Scout, a Cosmetologist, a fantastic cook, a crafter and artist, and a caregiver. Her kitchen and her home were always open to everyone.
In her life she was independent and a self-starter who was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She helped raise and care for her three sisters and helped take care of the house as the oldest child. She ran a daycare and became a mother to many children whom she cared for as though they were her own. Donna also had a keen eye as an artist with talent to match. She sold her creations at a local craft market in Michigan. Paintings, dolls, needlepoint, and various kitchen ware she designed and made herself. If she could visualize it, she could make it and often she did.
For her two sons who both were involved in Scouts, Donna dived right in and became a Boy Scouts Pack Leader for troop 345. Handily besting all the fathers involved with Scouts in knowledge and skill. She even practiced martial arts for a time right along with her two sons and husband. She was also an avid soccer and hockey Mom supporting her youngest son Preston in both sports. She also contributed to the costume construction and set decoration of her oldest son Brandon’s high school theater productions.
Coming from a family of nurses it seemed only natural that she would in some way work in the medical field. As a mother she was always there to care for her children and husband when illness struck. Later in life she also worked at an orthopedics office and went on to become a dietary aide and later an environmental services manager for a nursing home in West Virginia.
Donna was to her very core a nurturing and loving person. Even when she was tired herself, she would give her all to help those around her. Though adversity is part and parcel of life, she persevered as long as she was able to for her own sake and for those around her, to bring some light and love into a world that is often dark and dreary.
Hers was a mind that was full of imagination and curiosity and a heart full of bravery and kindness. A guiding star that illuminated the night. The evening sky is dimmer for her leaving, but for a time when she was here the world was made infinitely brighter.
May the memories she left those whose lives she touched serve to make the fading light of every sunset a little brighter. The words whispered on the wind a little warmer. She will be truly and deeply missed.
She is predeceased by her father Vernon Booth, her mother Janet Booth (born Elkins), and her brother Terry Booth.
She is survived by her husband Charles Tucker, her son Brandon Tucker, her son Preston Tucker, daughter-in-law Maddie Tucker, her sisters Joyce Rea (married to Andy Rea), Margie Booth, and Charlotte Booth (married to Aaron Simpson) as well as her beloved granddaughter Ivory Tucker.
A celebration of life ceremony and viewing will be held on February 20th, 2021 from 6-8pm at Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Panama City FL 32405.
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