Tucker, Ruth Knowles (Mrs. Ollie)



-October 30, 1967
                Born in Ruston, Louisiana, Ruth Knowles Tucker was the daughter of early Lincoln Parish settlers, Peyton Knowles and Frances Ponder Knowles. She was educated in Ruston, achieving scholastic honors including being valedictorian of the class of 1909 of the then Louisiana Industrial Institute.
                On December 28, 1910 Ruth Knowles was married to a young Methodist minister, the Reverend Ollie Tucker. Through the next forty years she was a loving companion and an able co-worker with her minister husband. Mrs. Tucker was an outstanding leader in youth work and made valuable contributions in the area of women’s work in the church and in the Louisiana Conference as a whole. Blessed with a rare sense of humor and a tireless dedication to the service of others in the name of Christ, she typified the gracious parsonage lady.
                Brother and Mrs. Tucker were the parents of four children. Lieutenant John Randolph Tucker was killed in an airplane crash during World War II and Francis Peyton Tucker, the youngest child, in early manhood died a victim of leukemia. A third son, Knowles M. Tucker, now resides in New Iberia, and the only daughter, Mrs. Ollie T. Osborne, makes her home in Lafayette.
                During retirement years in Ruston Mrs. Tucker was an active member of Trinity Methodist Church and the Longleaf chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The wide-ranging interests and dedicated energy which characterized her life in the parsonage carried over into her participation in community life in her later years.    
                Mrs. Tucker died on October 30, 1967, but the influence of so constructive a life will long continue to inspire all who have known and loved her through the years.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1968; p. 222       By Douglas L. McGuire

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