Nellie Marie Tucker passed to her rest on January 5, 2023, in Eureka, CA, at the
age of 95. She was a long-time resident of Arcata, where she had lived with her
late husband, Joseph Henry Tucker Sr., with whom she raised a family of 6
children for 56 years of marriage.
Nellie was born in Laverne, Oklahoma, but had been raised in Ontario, California,
where her family moved when she was 4 years old. Early on, she learned to
contribute to the family of eight children and developed a strong work ethic that
carried her throughout life. Right up to within 2 weeks of her death, Nellie could
be found indulging in her passions of quilting, sewing, embroidering, doing word
searches, and caring for her plants and herself in her own home.
Nellie lived a busy, full life: raising her children as a stay-at-home mom in the
suburbs of the 50’s and 60’s; keeping up with the extended family, both hers and
Joe’s; moving the family to Redwood Country and eventually working as a nursing
home aide and CNA. She was a caring friend, compassionate caregiver, and loving
For the last 20 years of her life she terribly missed her husband, Joe, a lifelong
truck driver whom she had loyally supported. Together they had loved to go on
road trips seeing the country and visiting family and friends. Being a part of the
Talk to America Truckers Convoy of 1977 was one of many highlights in their lives.
Nellie was a long-time member of the Arcata-McKinleyville Seventh-day Adventist
Church, where she was involved with many activities and greatly loved by the
members. She had also given much time and energy to the Arcata Senior Center,
where she was proud to be a member of Katie’s Crafters, making quilts for local
resident care homes.
Nellie will be remembered for her fun-loving spirit, her generosity, her genuine
love for people, her ability to laugh at herself, and her love and loyalty for family.
Nellie is survived by her son Joe Tucker Jr. and Ann of Hartselle, AL; four
daughters: Susan Hansen and Alan of Madera, CA; Mary Earhart and Blake of
Eureka, CA; Connie Reynolds and Edwin of Collegedale, TN; and Barbara Marin
and Gary of Arcata, CA. She adored her grandchildren Michelle (Greg), Michael
(Jana), Jeana, Donald (Brooke), Beth (Jeremy) , David (Tiffany), and Brandon; and
enjoyed the great-grandchildren Wesley (Taylor), Luke, Case, Austin, David,
Dennis, Joseph, Jocelyn, Emily, Amber, and Joey. Nellie will also be missed by her
surviving sisters Pauline Righetti of St. George, UT, and Elsie Remke of Fresno, CA,
and numerous nieces and nephews spread throughout the States. Nellie’s son
Richard Tucker and grandson Michael Alan Hansen have predeceased her