Barbara Ann Ruch Tuck (2-13-12) service 2-15-12



Barbara Ann Ruch Tuck

Barbara Ann Ruch Tuck, 97, of Savannah, died Monday, Feb. 13, at Savannah Health Care in Savannah. Most recently she lived at Pickwick Dam in Tennessee.

She was born Sept. 18, 1914, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to August and Emilie "Amelia" Kassell Ruch. She survived her six siblings; Edna, Edith, Grace, Lucille, Walter and Adlaide. She and Charles P. Tuck were married June 29, 1935, in Detroit, Mich. They were married for 51 years when Charles passed away Oct. 20, 1986.

Barbara and Charlie lived in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Detroit, Mich., Decatur, Ala. and Memphis, Tenn.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother. For more than 40 years she was a significant figure in the lives of her grandsons Dana and Van. She helped to raise them and clearly made an impact on their lives. Dana’s wife Courtney has always had a special place in her heart.

She lived with Judy and Rod for more than 14 years, which always gave them a level of comfort and companionship only she could provide. She offered so much love to us on a regular basis, as seen in her face when it would light up upon seeing one of us. Our faces will indeed be bright when we think of her. She lived a long life for us, not herself.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Savannah.

Survivors include her daughter Helen Judith "Judy" and husband Rod Richardson, Savannah; two grandchildren Dana and wife Courtney Richardson, Cordova, Tenn., Charles Van Richardson, Blytheville, Ark.; a nephew, Steve and wife Karen Strong, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her six siblings, and her very dear friends Vince and Billye Kantola.

A graveside service was at 11:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau with the Rev. Sam Roethemeyer officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to First Presbyterian Church of Savannah, TN, 506 Main St., Savannah, TN 38372.

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Ford & Sons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.