Katherine Elizabeth Tucker, 87

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 3:37pm

Katherine Elizabeth Tucker (Betty) died March 21, 2012, at the Pomperaug Woods assisted care facility in Southbury, Conn.
Betty and her husband Gid raised their family in Cos Cob, Conn., and spent summers on their beloved Block Island. In their retirement years together they lived on Block Island and in Philadelphia.
Born April 20, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of Charles and Madeleine Tiers (Merkling). She graduated from Cecilian Academy in Philadelphia.
Betty loved reading, working on her crossword puzzles, traveling, watching classic movies, fashion and art and spending time with her family. She triumphed over the rigors of raising 10 children while also battling breast cancer over five decades, taking great comfort from her Catholic faith.
Betty is survived by eight children, Joseph Tucker Jr. and his wife Lorre of Burlington Vt., Courtney Tucker and his wife Janet of El Sobrante, Calif., John Tucker and his wife Susan Hampton of Bothel, Wash.; William Tucker and his wife Martina of Norwalk, Conn.; David Tucker and his wife Eleni of Trumbull, Conn.; Stephen Tucker and his wife Katherine of San Diego, Calif.; Lisa Spalt and her husband Taylor of New Durham N.H.; and Michael Tucker of Honolulu, Hawaii; a brother, Wharton Tiers, sisters Sofia Tiers, Caroline Westfried, and Helena Lloyd, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Wilcox Tucker (Gid), her sons James Martin Tucker and Stephen Merkling Tucker, her brothers Charles Tiers Jr. and Frank Tiers and sister Susan Parry.
Private memorial and burial services will be held in June on Block Island.
Contributions in Betty’s memory may be sent to the Mary D. Fund, Box 323 Block Island, Rhode Island 02807.