Drucie Chase
1931 - 2021
BORN
1931
DIED
2021
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MRS. DRUCIE CHASE
1931-2021
Drucie Rucker Chase
August 4, 1931-January 19, 2021
Our treasured Drucie Raye Rucker Chase departed this life on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 and was reunited with her husband, John Saunders Chase, and her eldest son, John Saunders Chase Jr.
Drucie was born on August 4, 1931 in Austin, Texas. She was the second oldest child of Beatrice Aldridge Rucker and John Rucker. Drucie attended L.C. Anderson High School and graduated from Huston Tillotson University with a B.A. in English at 19 years old. While attending the wedding of a good friend, fate brought Drucie and John together when John was asked to stand in for a groomsman who couldn't attend at the last minute. John asked her out several times, but Drucie said she would not go out with him until he met her father. The two men bonded over baseball and Drucie' s father gave his overwhelming approval. Soon after, the young couple was married. This happy union lasted for 62 years until John's death in 2012.
Although Drucie was a gifted teacher, because she was only 19 and not 21, she had to seek special permission to teach elementary school. Although professional accreditation was normally not permitted until the age of 21, Drucie was granted the right to teach. She became a devoted teacher at Blackshear Elementary in Austin and Grimes and Dodson elementary schools in Houston. After she retired from teaching, Drucie dedicated herself to raising her three children and assisting her husband in growing his architecture firm. John frequently referred to her as the "wind beneath my sails." In addition, she distinguished herself as a hardworking and compassionate community volunteer.
Drucie was appointed to serve on the boards of the Municipal Arts Commission and the Institute for International Education. She also served on the boards of the Houston Botanic Garden, Emancipation Park Conservancy and Houston Museum of African American Culture. She was a proud member of several organizations including the Houston Chapter of the Links, where she once served as Chapter President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Jack & Jill and a charter member of The Moles. She was also a devoted member of Antioch Missionary Baptist for almost 70 years. A week before her passing she was determined to visit the Houston Botanic Garden. Off we went and her face lit up the minute we entered the Gardens. Her happiness was palpable as we toured the site. She was proud to be a part of its creation. Soon after, she was a panelist in a University of Texas/Rice Design Alliance webinar discussing the history of her home. Drucie was quick to point out that while she was thrilled with the accolades for design, foremost, it was a warm, loving, and vibrant home for her family.
Drucie frequently remarked that she had a great life. She was blessed in so many ways. She traveled the world with her husband, family and friends. She hosted exciting fundraisers, political receptions and social events at their Third Ward home, designed by her late husband. In later years, they spent more time at their home in Galveston and when she wasn't there, she was often cheering on her grandkids at various events from graduations to music recitals and numerous sporting events.
Drucie is survived by her son Tony Chase and his wife Dina al Sowayel; daughter Saundria Chase Gray and her husband Jerome Gray; daughter-in-law Brenda Peters Chase; grandchildren Asa Davis, Chase Gray, Jordan Chase, Grace Gray and Abyssinia ("Kat") Chase; her sister, Johnnie B. Rucker Van Dyke and many other loving relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband John Saunders Chase, son John Saunders Chase III, parents, sister Bernice Hammond and brother John Rucker.
Reverend Art Lou McElroy, Interim Pastor Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will preside over a private Celebration of Life. The interment will be at the Houston National Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her husband. The service will be livestreamed starting at 1:00pm, Tuesday, January 26. 2021 on the following link https://m.facebook.com/antiochdowntownhouston/
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed toward the UNCF John and Drucie Chase Young Builders Award. www.uncf.org/donatehouston (in honor of Mrs. Drucie Chase) or
mail a check to UNCF, 945 McKinney Street, Suite 581, Houston, TX 77002.


Published by Houston Chronicle on Jan. 24, 2021.
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Dean Leonard M. Baynes
June 9, 2021
So sorry to hear of Drucie Raye's passing. We just found out today. We have enjoyed many outings with Drucie and John when Aunt Elmira was alive. Our condolences.
Cousins,
Shifton and Arlena Baker
Shifton Baker
Family
March 30, 2021
I may not have had the privilege of meeting Mrs. Drucie Chase in person, but if my professor and friend (Tony Chase) is even a glimpse of this lady, then she must have been a wonderful, generous, friendly, and loving mother and friend to many! Fly with the angels ma'am, and rest assuredly that your legacy lives on with your children and their children!
John Ngunjiri
Friend
March 19, 2021
John & Drucie were quick to welcome my family when we joined Antioch. We all worked together when I was Treasurer and when my sister took over as Treasurer. My sister, Drucie and I shared such love at John's funeral. My sister and I spoke with her on occasion just to check-in with her. Andrea and Saundria were friends and John Jr. and I were friends. So sorry we did not know about her passing until afterwards. Much love for Drucie and the best to Anthony and Saundria.
Cheryl & Andrea Dotson
Friend
February 19, 2021
I remember Mrs. Chase as a little girl as I played with her youngest Saundria. She was a statuesque and elegant woman as well, very kind to me. Condolences and prayers to the family. May the love of family and friends comfort you in your time of grief.
Dr. MaCherie M. Placide
Acquaintance
February 6, 2021
Elloree Hammond
January 28, 2021
Days before Mrs. Chase’s transition, she so eloquently shared the story about their Houston home. The home was designed by her husband, the late John Chase and fellow UT Precursor, of course. Years ago her relative Mr. Leslie Rucker introduced my family to Drucie and John. Mr. Rucker and my father, civil rights pioneer , William Griffin were business partners in Griffin Motor Company, Houston, Texas.






Rodney Griffin ( Jan West)
Friend
January 27, 2021
Days before Mrs. Chase’s transition, she so eloquently shared the story about their Houston home. The home was designed by her husband, the late John Chase - of course. Years ago her relative Mr. Leslie Rucker introduced my family to Drucie and John. Mr. Rucker and my father, civil rights pioneer , William Griffin were business partners in Griffin Motor Company, Houston, Texas.






Rodney Griffin ( Jan West)
Friend
January 27, 2021
Drucie,
Our wonderful friend from Houston,TX. We will always remember the wonderful times spent with you and your family.
Phyllis and Werten Bellamy
Friend
January 26, 2021
To the Chase Family,
Our Condolences and Prayers to the family. I was introduced to the Chase Family by Mrs. Drucie's nephew, the late Dr. Melvin A. R. Hammonds, Jr. He and I were neighbors in Austin, TX and best friends during his lifetime. Precious Memories!!
Albert Patterson, RPh.
Albert Patterson
Friend
January 26, 2021
May God's great Love and Peace be a comfort to you at this time and in the days to come. It was such a pleasure to see and hear her during the presentation last week. (My parents and I knew the Ruckers well.)
PATRICIA CALHOUN
Friend
January 26, 2021
My sweet Aunt Drucie. You will be ever so missed, and we all love you, but GOD loved you best! (John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.) Rest well Aunt, until we meet again!!
REV. MELVIN HAMMOND III
Family
January 26, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful and Beautiful person. The Proctor's will love you and miss you always. Love "Youland" and Family
Yolanda Proctor
Friend
January 25, 2021
Many years ago I met the Chase Family while visiting the Houston area with her nephew Bill. Drucie and family made our visits with them real special on several occasions. I will never forget Drucie, Bernice, and her siblings. May God Bless...john mays, HT'72
John and Linda Mays
Friend
January 25, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Dr. Davetta Mills Daniels
Friend
January 25, 2021
Mrs. Chase was such a special person. I loved talking to her. She was always so kind and quick witted. Praying God's comfort for you all.
Stephanie Sawyer
Friend
January 25, 2021
I will certainly miss my dear, dear friend, Drucie!
Artie Jackson
Friend
January 25, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the Chase Family. I have heard so many wonderful stories about Mrs. Chase that I know how greatly she will be missed. Her love and support will be remembered by everyone she touched. The stars in heaven are shining a little brighter now that she is there.
Margie Stewart
Acquaintance
January 25, 2021
Your mother was an amazing lady and I feel privileged to have known her. I know you will miss her deeply. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Clifton VanDyke
Friend
January 25, 2021
The the Chase Family:
"The most beautiful people are those who bring out the beauty in others." Like her husband and your father, John, Mrs. Chase was a trailblazer who helped and encouraged many, like myself, on their journey through life. She was never lonely at the top due to her good works and her extensive network of people she befriended...always with class and a lovely smile. I am thankful for the pleasure of her friendship. Her loss is great, but her wonderful memories are even greater to help sustain and comfort your hearts now and forever.
CAROLYN ALEXANDER
Friend
January 24, 2021
Betty Jo and Louis A. Hudspeth
January 24, 2021
My Deepest Condolences To The Family. Mrs. Chase Will In My Heart.
Jerald Rothwell Hurdle
Neighbor
January 24, 2021
My warmest condolences to the Chase family. I was honored to host Mr. and Mrs. Chase in my home as well as lead an honorarium for her husband at the NOMA conference in Houston in 2018. Mrs. Chase always spoke highly of me and I was always humbled.
Terry Smith AIA NOMA
Acquaintance
January 23, 2021
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