Mary Lou Tucker

Mary Lou Tucker

Mary Lou passed away Friday, December 18, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born June 14, 1933 in Orangeville, MI to Clifton and Geraldine (Hildebrandt) Snyder. For a short time Mary Lou had worked at Pirroni’s and then Kal-Equip, she then spent 39 years working at Alamo Nursing Home until her retirement in 1993. In her spare time she enjoyed gambling, playing the slot machines, bingo, playing cribbage with her family, crocheting, cooking and painting ceramics. In September 1961 she married Melvin Tucker who passed away in 2004.

Surviving are her children, Trudy Groen, Mike (Marilyn) Tucker, Tina (Dave) Florian, Steven (Celeste) Tucker, Jack (Judy) Tucker, Jane Bullock, Diana Hall, Sally Cook, Skip Tucker and Lou (Chuck) Gilbert; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and her sisters, Janet Kronke and Lois Rickli.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sons-in-law, Gary Groen and Graham Bullock.

A private family viewing has taken place and cremation will follow.

 A memorial service and burial of ashes will take place at a later time.

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  1. Brenda Loviska says:

    Mike & Marilyn & family.. Diane Hall….I am so deeply sorry to have heard this news.. May the good Lord comfort your family in your time of grief.. Love you~ Brenda

  2. Marlene Gregersen says:

    I am truly sorry Trudy. You know that if you need anything I am here. Now is when you rely on the good memories from the past to carry you thru.

  3. Laurie McDonald says:

    My prayers are with the family.

  4. Steve & Rene' Belcher says:

    Mike & Marilyn we are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs dear friends. Miss you guys lots!!! Love you always Steve & Rene’ Belcher

  5. Jim Preston says:

    What a wonderful person. Had a heart of gold. What an asset to Alamo she was all those years. I will miss here.

  6. Sharon Enos and Phyllis Lanz says:

    We were shocked to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  7. Marcia Holdeman says:

    I will never forget you my friend. My heart goes out to all of you.

  8. Tammy Lutes says:

    Sending my former classmate, Mike Tucker and his family my sincere condolences and prayers. Our mother’s also once worked together at Alamo and were good friends. I wish the family and their friend’s much comfort and peace. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Dottie Sheridan says:

    Sending my former classmate, Mike Tucker and his family my sincere condolences and prayers. So sorry for your loss.

  10. Teri & Jack Laster says:

    So sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers to the family. I have such beautiful memories of our years working together @ Alamo nursing home, & working bingo @ the campground with her. We laughed so hard & shared many a luscious meal she cooked for us. Her brownies were the best. I remember fondly riding to work with her & she would pull up in her big Cadillac & play that crazy musical horn. I’m sure my neighbors appreciated the wake up call @ 5 A. M.! One time we had a blizzard & we had to ride a snowmobile into work & if you knew mary Lou, you know how entertaining that was. RIP sweet lady. You entertained us so eloquently & we loved you. Thanks for sharing your huge heart.

  11. Jean long says:

    Mary Lou will be missed by anyone and everyone she met. She was one special lady. I have so many memories of our days at Alamo Nursing Home and her good cooking. She had such a great humor and found just about anything funny. I’ll never make macaroni and cheese as good as she could or pineapple upside down cake. She always wanted to give you a taste and then you were hooked. Till we meet again old friend!

  12. Sally Thaxton Betzner says:

    So sorry for your loss, sending prayers and love!

  13. Beverly (Hoyt) Holmes and Jane Hoyt says:

    My mother and I were saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. Mom knew her from Kal Equip, and I went to school with Jane …. many many years ago. May your hearts be lightened by all your memories of her. Talk and laugh, and tell stories of her through this holiday season …. remembering her is the very best gift you can give her.

  14. Janelle Turner Oberhill says:

    My deepest condolences to the entire Tucker family and extended family.

  15. Kim Bean says:

    So sorry for your loss. May god bless you and your family during this difficult time.

  16. Marlene Banks says:

    So sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Tucker family.

  17. Rose Sharrard says:

    Trudy so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a very special lady. My prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

  18. Dawn Forney says:

    Lois ,Janet and families my thoughts and prayers are with you So sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing .Hang on to all those wonderful memories .She was a lovely lady and always had a smile or a cute joke .R I P Mary Lou .

  19. Patti Owens says:

    I can only imagine the loss your family is feeling. I wish peace for you all as you grieve the passing of your Mother.

  20. Sandy Holden says:

    So sorry to hear of Mary lou’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all ♡♡ God Bless

  21. Tina Mallery says:

    Mike and Marilyn, Diana, I was so sorry to hear about your Mom’ s passing. I am so glad you were able to spend those last hours with her Mike.

  22. Joyce (Seekman) Jenkins says:

    Trudy, Chuckie and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know we are keeping you close in prayer as you travel through this valley. Love, Joyce and Scott and J.W.

  23. Belch and Ginny Belcher says:

    We are saddened to hear of your loss, Mike. Please know our prayers and our thoughts are with you.

    Belch and Ginny Belcher

  24. Susan says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing. We send our deepest sympathies to her entire family. Mary Lou was a blast to work and was such a hard worker for so many years. I was always amazed at how she could cook for so many and the meals were delicious.

  25. Bill Burmeister says:

    Mike and family. So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Only met her once, many years ago. I could tell she was a special lady. Thoughts are with you brother.

  26. Becky & John Halloran says:

    May the Family know that you Mom touched a lot of lives, Did a great job taking care of all her you kids………Mike & Skip you are in my & John’s thoughts & Prayers, Miss seeing you fellas. We still live in the same place, please stop by when you are in town………….Lots of memories keep us all going……………

    John & Becky Halloran

  27. Don & Sherry Hurlbut says:

    Jack & Judy and Family: We’re so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. We didn’t know her, but it appears she was a very active person. No matter how much we may think we’re prepared, it’s never easy to lose a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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