Bessie "Bess" Lou Tucker
4/22/1944 - 7/22/2020

 Bess Tucker, born in Austin, TX April 22, 1944, passed away at 76 from a hemorrhagic stroke, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. She was camping and fishing at Navarro Mills with her husband of 58 years. They had both just shared some laughter about one of their many inside jokes and told each other, “I love you.”

She had many names and nicknames to those that knew and loved her to include: wife, Mom, Memaw, Meme, Flag Lady, Ms Red, White, & Blue, Ms America, and Lady Liberty. It was difficult to find her not wearing something red, white, and blue. It was her way of dealing with what happened on 9/11 and her way of showing her love of her country, and her support of our troops, and veterans. She had several family members that served in the military and a grandson that is currently serving in the armed forces as a paratrooper that she was so proud of. She marched in the local Veterans Day Parade with the Vietnam Veterans for many years. She sent thank you packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on a regular basis.

Bess was member of Central United Methodist Church in Waco. She was also a member of McLennan County Veterans Association, McLennan County Republican Women, and Altrusa of the Brazos, Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Friends for Life, and she provided the noon meal for the volunteers at Habitat for Humanity once a month. She retired from TSTC with 29 years of service and left a lot of friends that she was fond of at TSTC. She frequented the Treasure City Flea Market and always enjoyed her friends there while shopping.

She leaves behind her one and only, the love of her life, Joseph (Buddy) Tucker of Hallsburg. Her son, Gary Tucker of Austin, her grandson Travis, his wife Sonia, her great-grandchildren, Lily and Milo. Her daughter, Carol Jackson of Lorena, her son-in-law Bill Jackson, her granddaughter Callie, and grandson Nolan. Her grandchildren were the light of her life, and she was so excited to be blessed with great-grandchildren. She leaves behind two sisters and three brothers, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

 She would like for Buddy to always remember that he is expected to carry on without her and she will see him “Just Beyond the Moon” (Tex Ritter).

 In lieu of flowers, she requests a donation to the Hope for the Warriors Foundation (


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