A large congregation attended a thanksgiving service at SS Peter and Paul’s Church for Iris Mary Tucker, of Elizabeth Court, Eye, who died suddenly at her home on April 21 at the age of 77.
The Rector, the Rev Dr Guy Sumpter, officiated and the choir, of which Iris had been a keen member, sang Fairest Lord Jesus, a Silesian folk song, arranged by Martin Howe. They were led by Director of Music, Peter Lee, and accompanied by organist Colin Bartlett. A solo, Memories, was sung by soprano, Alison Seymour, and poems were read by Madalyne Tucker, daughter, Tarnya Cross granddaughter and Nathan Holliday, grandson.
In tribute Richard, son, said his mother had lived in Eye all her life and never wanted to leave the town. Her first job was at Green’s, the grocers, and she also served as a waitress at the White Lion Hotel. After her marriage in 1960 she lived in Lowgate Street where Richard and Louise were born. When the marriage ended the family moved to Victoria Hill until Iris met the love of her life, Bob Tucker. The couple married 1969, living at the Star Cafe in Castle Street where Madalyne was born in 1971. After 42 years of marriage Bob passed away and Iris eventually moved to Elizabeth Court in 2013 spending one and a half happy years there.
Iris also worked at Barclays Bank as a cleaner, Hartismere Hospital as an auxiliary nurse and finally as an auxiliary teacher at Eye Primary School until she retired. She then carried on as a volunteer at the school and at an after school club. She loved singing and also dancing in her younger years. Sophie Holliday, granddaughter, also gave a tribute.
Donations in memory of Iris are being sent to Dementia UK.