Betty Lou Tucker

Betty Lou Tucker, 82, of Carlyle passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at her home after a brief illness. 

She was born March 17, 1932 in Shiloh, the daughter of Edward and Katherine (Brant) Foster. She married Carl Tucker Jr. on October 1, 1950, and he survives in Huey. 

Mrs. Tucker is also survived by her children, Shari Hustedde and husband Jim in Kell, Carl Tucker and wife Kathy in Carlyle, Dan Tucker and wife Lisa in Tulsa, OK, Dennis Tucker and partner Wendie Wooters of Junction City, Wilson Tucker and wife Leslie in Gallatin, TN, Patty Cahoj and husband Ed in Halfway, MO, Jonathan (Jay) Tucker and wife Ann in Huey, Matt Tucker and wife Sharon in Huey, Myrna Piehl and husband Robert in Baroda, MI, Steve Tucker and wife Michelle in Huey, and Julie Phillips and husband Rob in Salem; sisters, Peggy Wheelan and Ruth Lampe, both of Breese; 28 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog Scrappy. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mildred Book and Rose Foster; and great-grandsons, Nolan and Grant Tucker. 

Mrs. Tucker grew up on Kaskaskia Island and would go on to play semi-professional softball in the 1940’s. She also played ball in the Women’s Clinton County League. Later, she enjoyed seeing smiling children as she drove a school bus for the Carlyle CUSD #1 for 37 years. She also sold Tupperware, worked at the Carlyle Shoe Factory, Wheaton Plastic, B&M Manufacturing, and served as a janitor for Carlyle CUSD #1, among various other jobs. She prized watching her kids and grandkids play ball and was a life-long Cardinals fan. She enjoyed traveling and would take a trip at a moment’s notice. She loved taking care of, and spending time with, her grandkids. She also attended First Baptist Church in Carlyle and the HueyMethodist Church. 

Graveside services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Carlyle Cemetery, with Rev. Bob Souders, officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Carlyle or Huey Methodist Church, and they will be received at the cemetery or at Zieren Day Funeral Home