In memory of
Shirley L. Tucker
Shirley Luva Powers Tucker, 93, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019. A lifelong Springfield resident, Shirley was born to Edward and Luva Powers on February 21, 1925. Shirley was a Girlscout leader and the service area chairman for the girl scouts of 16 Acres in Springfield. She sang in the choir of Christ Community Church of Chicopee, where she served as Moderator of the church for several years. A 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star, she was elected Worthy Matron and held several other offices during her service there. She was a member of Daughters of the Nile. After graduating president of her class from Commerce High School she worked at various companies in the area. During WWII she worked in the message center of the Springfield Ordinance District. She later worked for the Springfield School Department as a para-professional for elementary schools across Springfield. After retiring, she followed her husband to Bangor Maine Seminary School where she became the Vice President of his seminary class. In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling to Italy, England, Hawaii, and many other places. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family. Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband, Richard Tucker, her eldest daughter Nancy, and baby granddaughter Shannon. She was a loving mother to Nancy of Springfield, Patricia Powers of Feeding Hills, Jacqueline Goldthwaite and her husband Steve of Connecticut, Susan Woomer and her husband Brian of Philadelphia, and Richard Tucker and his wife Elizabeth of Maine. She had 8 grandsons – John, Jason, Michael, Sean, Daniel, Kevin, Rick and Jake, 2 granddaughters – Shannon and Cindy, and 3 great grandchildren – Victoria, Jaunikah, and Micaiah - who she adored. After Richard’s passing, Shirley started an engineering scholarship in his honor at Western New England University. Always a supporter of education, Shirley would like, in lieu of flowers, donations to be made in memory of her loving husband Richard, to the WNEU scholarship fund in Richard’s name. Reunited again in heaven, their love story is symbolized when Richard broke formation in his B17, risking court-martial, to circle the Campanile clock tower where Shirley was working to give her a goodbye wing flap as he flew back up State Street Hill, on his way to Germany in WWII. A Memorial Service will be held on Sat, Feb 16, 2019 starting at 9:45 am at Sampson Chapel of the Acres 21 Tinkham Rd. Springfield with a funeral home service to take place at 11 am. Burial will be private. Visiting Hours will be held on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 from 4 to 7 pm at the funeral home.
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