Mrs. Gertrude Rucker, 96, of Seymour, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Covered Bridge Health Campus with her family surrounding her.
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Born August 14, 1917, in Medora, she was the daughter of Logan and Lillie Lee (Dryden) Motsinger.
On February 15, 1941 in Medora, she married her college sweetheart Paul D. Rucker who preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2012. They were married for 71 years.
Gertrude was a longtime member of Central Christian Church. She spent her life educating young people, retiring after 25 years as an elementary school teacher in Jackson County, mostly in Medora.
Gertrude was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, NEA, and the Indiana State Teachers Association.
Gertrude enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling (to 49 states), playing piano, sewing quilts, baking pies, working on puzzles, and winning euchre games.
But her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She will be remembered as a loving Christian wife and mother, a smiling and optimistic grandmother, a dedicated teacher, and an excellent listener in a family of talkers.
She is survived by her children: John Arthur (Carol) Rucker, James Logan (Patti) Rucker, and Mary Lee (Mike) Sentz. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Kristen Danielle Robinson, Suzanne Elise (Mike) Wilson, Brian Michael Sentz, and Kyle Andrew Sentz; five great grandchildren: Baylee Robinson, Carlee Robinson, Cory Robinson Jr., Cody Wilson, and Shelby Wilson; three step grandchildren: Lauren Pontrich, Paige Pontrich, and Tricia Pontrich; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; infant daughter Janet Fae Rucker, grandson Ian Michael Rucker; and sisters Ruby Martin, Irene Hughes, and Ruth (Brown Altemyer) Hill.
Funeral services will be held at Voss Funeral Service on Friday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m. with the Revs. Lewis Wright and Bill Everhart officiating.
Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery with a Voss Dove release.
Family and friends may call at Voss Chapel on Thursday, April 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.
Memorials may be written to the Central Christian Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com
Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street
Seymour, IN 47274
Published in The Jackson County Banner from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2014