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Shirley R. Rucker

Shirley R. Rucker

January 20, 1926 - October 27, 2017     Age: 91

Shirley Antoinette Reed Rucker, 91, passed away at Quality Health of Fernandina Friday, October 27, 2017.


Born in Frederick, Maryland, Mrs. Rucker was a daughter of the late Earl Kirby and Fern Kaetzel Reed. She moved to Fernandina Beach in 1949 with her husband, the late Claude Lee Rucker, Jr. While he made his career at Container Corporation, she was the homemaker caring for their 7 children.


Born during the Great Depression, Mrs. Rucker grew up with values and lessons learned during this extraordinary time. As part of the Greatest Generation, her life was changed and deeply influenced by the events of World War II. Throughout the rest of her life, she came to appreciate and cherish any group or organization which helped veterans or active duty service members.


A longtime member of Memorial United Methodist Church, she was active there with her family until her declining health prevented her attendance. In addition to her various activities at the Methodist church, she cared deeply for orphaned children and made regular gifts to Methodist Children’s Home and programs that benefited Native American children.


After her family was grown, Mrs. Rucker continued caring for and guiding young children working as a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of Florida.


In addition to her parents and her husband she was predeceased by a daughter, Sharon R. Hudson.


She leaves behind six children, Reed and his wife Patricia Rucker of Fernandina Beach; Melanie Rucker of Tallahassee; Claude Lee Rucker, III and his wife, Jeanne, of Atlanta, GA; Dawn S. Rucker and her husband, Paul Mango of Pittsburgh, PA; Lorena Rucker and her husband, Robert Dancho, of Fernandina Beach; Suellen Rucker Smith and her husband, Chromer, of Yulee; a sister, Sandra Shirey, of Hagerstown, MD; sixteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.


Funeral services for Mrs. Rucker will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends for the hour prior to the service.


She will be laid to rest beside her husband at Bosque Bello Cemetery.


The family requests memorial gifts be made to: the USO, P. O. Box 96860, Washington, DC  20077-7677 or TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) 3033 Wilson Blvd., Suite 630, Arlington, VA  22201.


13 Condolences

  • Ken Nolan Posted October 27, 2017 3:22 pm

    I am so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. Prayers and blessing to all of you.

  • Cathy Elliott Posted October 27, 2017 10:16 pm

    My heart goes out to each of you, for the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful person, liked by everyone. No words can take away your pain. I pray for God to guide and comfort each of you during this time of grievence and the years to come.

  • Ben and Gail Shave Posted October 28, 2017 9:34 am

    Girls,you have all been blessed with a wonderful mother. Take comfort in knowing Shirley is with
    John now and the love is renewed

  • Charles Dickens Posted October 28, 2017 11:44 am

    One of the last of the greatest generation. Your Mother was a strong woman and raised her children to become independent, smart free thinking adults. I remember many things about her and every Sunday I would look out of the window of our house to make sure I beat your crew to the Church, needless to say if I saw you pull up it was too late.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  • Melinda Smith Posted October 28, 2017 1:28 pm

    What a sad day yet also a day to rejoice that she is back in the arms of her precious Claude. Your mother was such a cherished friend and adviser . I loved her dearly and cherish every minute I got to spend with my dear friend. No words can express the sorrow I feel for your loss. She loved each of you more than you will ever know, and was so proud of your accomplishments, and all those beautiful grandchildren. My prayers are with each of you .

  • Anna Posted October 28, 2017 1:34 pm

    My heart goes out to you all Ms Shirley will be missed dearly, Keeping you all in my heart and prayers

  • Hubert and Gail Lee Posted October 28, 2017 4:51 pm

    Love and prayers for your family .May our Heavenly Father give you the comfort and peace you need at this time .

  • Jan Nabors Posted October 28, 2017 5:04 pm

    If all Mothers were like Mrs. Rucker the world would be a much better place! She was loving, funny, strong and classy!! She was of the latest generation but could strive in any. I’m so sorry got your loss. I will cherish my memories of her.

  • Peggy Dennard Posted October 28, 2017 7:23 pm

    Your mother was a very special lady. I wish you gods peace at this time

  • Holly Harlow Posted October 29, 2017 10:57 am

    I am very sorry for your loss.. I am thinking of you at this difficult time. It must be somewhat comforting to know how much the closeness of your family meant to her.

  • Deb Malone Posted October 29, 2017 2:21 pm

    Dawn, I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you in my prayers.

  • Donna and David Aginsky Posted October 29, 2017 6:15 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers

  • Gail Cook Posted October 30, 2017 11:22 am

    I was so sorry to read of your loss, though I know that she has been reunited with your Dad and now is celebrating with her Lord and Savior. That does not make the loss any easier and I will be praying for your family that God provides the comfort that only he can provide.

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