Billie Tucker

Billie Ruth Tucker (Morris)

Tuesday, June 4th, 1935 - Monday, January 6th, 2020
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Billie "Ruth" Tucker went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 6, 2020 in Henderson, Texas. She was born June 4, 1935 in Wheeler to Lee and Polly Morris. She married Teddy Tucker in Pampa, Texas on September 2, 1956.

In 1944, Ruth moved with her family from Wheeler to Mobeetie, Texas, where she graduated from Mobeetie High School in 1954. She won many awards for basketball in high school and went on to play in one of the first semi-professional women’s leagues, the Dowell’s Dolls in Amarillo, Texas. After marrying Teddy, she worked for First National Bank in Pampa from 1956 until 1962. Teddy and Ruth moved to Friona in 1962, raising her kids until she returned to the workforce fulltime at Hi Pro Feeds and Animal Health from 1971 until 2001. In 1982, Ruth was recognized as the Most Courteous Employee by the Friona Chamber of Commerce. After retirement, she moved to Wheeler, where she and Teddy enjoyed the country life, raising cattle and having a large garden. She moved to Muleshoe in 2014. Ruth enjoyed sports, especially watching her children and grandchildren play, sewing, gardening and traveling. Ruth was a lifetime member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Muleshoe Primitive Baptist Church. She loved the Lord, her church, her family and friends. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Teddy; her parents; and her 2 sisters, Faye Morris and Opal Henderson.

Ruth is survived by her son, Mark Tucker and his wife, Irene of Muleshoe, Texas; her daughter, Alesia Martin and her husband, Jason of Henderson, Texas; her 7 grandchildren, Mikel Tucker and his wife, Megan of Muleshoe, Texas; Stefan Tucker of Tahoka, Texas, Shelby Martin of Henderson, Texas, Dillon Martin of Henderson, Texas, Pam Smith of Spring, Texas, Becky Brooks of Dickinson, Texas and Carley Dampier of McLean, Texas; her 6 great-grandchildren, Rylee Tucker, Maddox Tucker, Regan Smith, Gunner Perry, River Dampier and Asher Brooks; and her special friends, Donita Martin, Laura Coffey and Charla Chesher.

Ruth said to her family, “I love you dearly. I hope you miss me, but grieve not for I am in God’s Hands and not suffering. God bless you all and see you in Heaven, where we will have front row seats to Women’s College Championship Basketball!”

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Muleshoe Senior Citizens, PO Box 292, Muleshoe, Texas, 79347 or the Mobeetie School Reunion Fund.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 8:30am - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 8:30am - 8:00pm
    Ellis Funeral Home
    104 E. Ave F
    MULESHOE, TX 79347
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    There will be a family visitation from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, January 10, 2020 at Ellis Funeral Home.
  • Graveside

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 1:30pm
    Wheeler Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Don Martin
    Norman Jones
  • Interment

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 1:30pm
    Wheeler Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Wheeler, Texas
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Edward Castillo

Posted at 12:28pm
very sorry to hear about ms tucker wonderful lady may god bless you all

Judy Woollard

Posted at 10:12am
I met Ms. Ruth when she became my Aunt Mary Ann’s neighbor. I was often there when the two were visiting. Ruth was so kind. Often garden produce would show up at Aunt Mary Ann’s house from the Tucker garden. Ruth was a great neighbor. I’m glad to have known her.

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Thoughts and prayers. Karla, Jeremy, Lori, Heather, Kalor, and Adleigh
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