Dr. Rozaline Jean Tucker, 87, of West Chicago and formerly of Avon Park, Fla., died Saturday, May 10, 2014.
She was born Dec. 14, 1926, in Sodus, Mich. She received her MA from Butler University and PHD in education from Indiana University.
She was the beloved wife of the Rev. Onis Tucker. She is survived by two stepsons, Phillip Tucker and wife Lisa of Mt. Vernon and Leroy Tucker and wife Connie of Carol Stream; six grandchildren, Andy and wife Jess, Davey, Rob and wife Rachelle, Brandon and wife Libby, Bryce and Brett; and three great-grandchildren, Allie, Gavin and Owen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Onis; stepdaughter, Janice; her parents; a brother; and a sister.
Jean served as a missionary for 35 years, most of which were spent in Burundi, Africa. She served with World Gospel Mission in translation and education projects, partnering with Wycliffe Bible Translators and others. Jean left the mission field to marry the Rev. Onis Tucker in 1974. Together, they served Free Methodist churches in Indiana and Jean also served as editor for WGM magazine, Call to Prayer.
Beginning in 1989, they taught at Kenya (Africa) Highlands Bible College for three years. After Onis passed away in 2000, WGM called Jean to write educational materials for the Navajo people in Arizona. She finished the primer in Navajo and retired back home in Avon Park, Fla., where she resided until October 2012. When her hearing and eyesight were failing, she moved to West Chicago to be closer to family.
Jean touched the lives of many people with her strength of character, love of serving others and her passion for God and His Word. “Bless you” was her usual greeting.
There will be a family graveside memorial at Hopewell Cemetery in Largo, Ind.
Memorial donations can be made to World Gospel Missions, 3783 E. State Rd. 18, P.O. Box 94, Marion, IN 46952.