Sallye Ruth Tucker went to her heavenly home on December 17, 2019, at the age of ninety-one. She was born on July 19, 1928 to Annie and Will Ballard, the fourth of five children. She began her life in Lott, Texas and grew up in the Waco surrounding area. During her high school years, the family lived in Axtell, Texas, where Sallye attended and graduated from Axtell High School.
She married Morris Tucker on February 28, 1947 and together they had seven children. After raising her family, Sallye returned to school to become a nurse and spent many years serving the sick and elderly before retiring. During her retirement years she was called back to work as an aide at Axtell Elementary and spent about ten years working with special needs children.
Sallye was brought up in the Church of Christ and remained faithful throughout her life. Her Christianity was evident in her daily life and to all who met her.
Sallye was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Annie Ballard; her husband, Morris Tucker; daughters, Elna Kay Tucker and Donna Ruth Tucker; and step-son, Dale Corkill.
Sallye is survived by her sons: Sam Tucker and wife Charlotte, Bill Tucker and wife Marlene, Chris Tucker and wife Sonya, and daughters: Cindy Tucker, Cathey Bennett and husband Rick.
She is also survived by her grandchildren: Ray Tucker, Jerry Tucker (Kendra), Kevin Tanner (Christy), Miranda Ragsdale (Gregg), Tanya Worley (Eric), Shawn Tucker (Karrie), Jennifer Bennett, Jamie Nichols (Cameron), Jeremy Bennett, Anthony Morgan, James Tucker (Meghan), Rebecca Malandrucolo (Michael), Jonathan Tucker, Charlie Dudzinski, Cody Tucker (Carla), Matthew Tucker, Meagan Tucker, Michelle Skains (Jacob), and Saxon Tucker. At the time of passing, Sallye had 38 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.
Sallye was a loving person and a wonderful mother. Over the course of her lifetime, she was a “mother” to many children, accepting everyone with open arms. She was a foster parent to over forty children, some with whom she formed lifelong bonds, like Charity. Sallye also opened her home to several beloved nieces and nephews throughout the years. She will be missed by her family, whom she loved dearly, and the many friends she made throughout her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brazos Button Club or Providence Hospice Place at St. Catherine's, 6700 Sanger Ave., Waco, TX, 76710