Elsie Marie Tucker, 89, of Mt. Vernon, died 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Lavender Ridge Dignified Memory Care in Mt. Vernon.
She was born Friday, June 6, 1924, in Bluford, the daughter of John Francis and Hattie Lena (Border) Callais. She married Robert E. “Bob” Tucker on Dec. 28, 1949, in Mt. Vernon and he preceded her in death on March 30, 1996.
Elsie was a registered nurse for 46 years and was a volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Drives for several years. She was an original co-founder of the Bargain Box resale store and was a very active member of St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon. She was a personal friend of Msgr. James P. Burke. She was a member of Turner Roehm AMVETS Post 4 Auxiliary and a member of the Don Lee Extension Center.
She is survived by daughter, Martha Skorczewski and husband Charles of Nashville; two sons, William Tucker and wife Vanessa of Mt. Vernon and John Tucker of Mt. Vernon; five grandchildren, Bryan Skorczewski of Edwardsville, Robert Skorczewski of Edwardsville, Sarah Kiliman and husband Daymon of Decatur and Michael Tucker and Allison Tucker of Mt. Vernon; sister, Louise Sampson of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Muriel, Kenneth and Paul Callais; one sister, Betty Gilliam; and a sister in infancy, Glenna Callais.
Funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Mr. Tracy Thomas officiating. Burial of ashes will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon at a later date.
Visitation will be held from 3 until service time at 5 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.