Merced Sun Star, Sept 1, 2001
Barbara Lee Tuck
July 21, 1919-August 28, 2011
Barbara Lee Tuck, age 92, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 21, 1919 in Cathey's Valley, California. She was the daughter of Perle (Cornett) and Ernie Day and was a member of a pioneer family. She is a direct descendant of Andrew and Mary Cathey who settled Cathey's Valley in 1852. She was involved in the Cathey's Valley Historical Society helping to restore the Cathey's Valley School. She helped plan many family reunions held in Cathey's Valley. She has been a genealogist for over 40 years. She has shared her love of family and history with so many people and inspired many others to pursue their own family history.

Barbara attended school in Cathey's Valley and graduated from Mariposa High School in 1937. She attended college in Stockton, California. On July 5, 1940 she married Doyle Tuck in Carson City, Nevada. She and Doyle owned Tuck and Day Furniture in Merced, California in the 50's and early 60's. She also worked for Dr. Barger's Veterinarian Clinic in Merced. When they retired, she and Doyle moved to Twain Harte, California and enjoyed their beautiful mountain community for 24 years. Their door was always open to many friends and family. After her husband died in 2004, she moved back to Merced where she resided until her death. She enjoyed researching genealogy, traveling, and spending time with her family and her four great-grandsons. Even after she was no longer able to get out to visit, she remained actively involved with her friends and family through phone calls and e-mails.

Barbara is survived by her three children, Douglas (Gail) of Vancouver Washington, Virginia Harris (David) of Merced California and Dennis (Carolyn) of Twain Harte, California; her eight grandchildren - Diane Tuck, Jeff Tuck, Jennifer Tuck, David Harris, Holly (Doug) Sentell, Michael Harris, Matthew Tuck and Mike Tuck; four great grandchildren - Andrew, Alexander, Tyler and Ryan Sentell. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Doyle, her grandson Stephen Harris, and her brother Jack C. Day.

Services will be held at Creekside Evangelical Free Church, 2876 G Street, Merced 95340, Saturday September 3rd at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be a private service at the Cathey's Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cathey's Valley Historical Society. P.O. Box 321 Cathey's Valley, Ca 95306.

 

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