Tucker Ann St. John went before us to meet the Lord on September 8, 2018. She was 82 years old.
Born in the Philippines to Othello and Dolly Bruun on January 9, 1936, her daddy died in December of 1944 as a prisoner-of-war on the World War II hell ship called the Oryoku Maru. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Navy Cross.
She grew up with her mom and sister, Helen, in San Diego, California. She married William J. Madden, whom she met at Rohr Industries. Later divorced, as a single mom, Tucker resolved to put herself through college and earned a master’s degree in mathematics from San Diego State University in 1968 while raising her two daughters. In the early ’70s she was a popular teacher in Twentynine Palms, California. At 4’9” in height, she could command a packed classroom of 7th and 8th grade algebra students like nobody’s business.
Known in the family as being quirky, in the summer of ’72 having never camped a day in her life, she bought a van and took the girls on an epic camping trip through the USA and Canada, creating memories of a lifetime. She retired as a computer programmer from Tractor Supply Company in Nashville, Tennessee, was a voracious reader, a PC gamer, and uncovered a treasure trove of family histories through hours of genealogical research.
She grew close to a special nurse while in long-term care at The Meadows assisted living facility in Nashville. Nicky Porter is the nurse that every family hopes to get, and Tucker loved Nicky.
She is survived by two daughters, Shawn Franco and husband, Julian Franco, of Williamsburg, New Mexico; and Colleen Fino and husband, Rob Fino, of Lakeside, California; four grandsons, David Franco, and wife, Alicia Franco, of Gilroy, California; Julian Franco, of Los Lunas, New Mexico; Jacob Fino of El Cajon, California, Joshua Fino of Lakeside, California; two great-grandchildren, Lilyana (10) and Andy Franco (8); and a niece, Laurie Francisco of Kingston Springs, Tennessee.
Her ashes will be scattered at sea as she requested.