of White River, South Dakota, died on Saturday, March 18, 2017
at her daughter's home in Gillette, Wyoming at the age of 82
Nadine Winifred (Sumners) Tucker was born to Willis “Bill” and Winifred (Edmonds) Sumners on December 18, 1934 at the Sumners family farm near White River, SD. Growing up, Nadine and her siblings kept busy doing chores, riding their Shetland ponies, feeding the lambs and teasing their hired man, “Curly.” She attended school in White River, obtaining her GED after she quit school to help care for her younger siblings. She worked as a telephone switchboard operator and at the Ranchland Drug.
On February 23, 1952 she married her soulmate, Alvin Wayne Tucker. To this union, four children were born: Lynn, Dawn, Rita and Lance.
Nadine and Alvin helped on the Sumner’s family farm, and assisted with caring for her mother-in-law, father, and father-in-law until their deaths. She spent her life caring for others. They helped raise some of their younger brothers and sisters. Whether family or friend, there was always room for one more in her heart and home.
She was a devoted homemaker and farm wife, spending many hours helping on their farm. She supported her children in all aspects of their lives, always demonstrating a mother’s loving grace. She took great pride in keeping a clean home. When you couldn’t get a spot out of some of your clothes you could always take it to G’ma Nadine.
Nadine was a strong woman, she overcame many health issues. She battled and won against cancer three times. She was an avid member of the American Legion Auxiliary, White River Lions Club, and the Red Hat Society. She was very patriotic, teaching her children and grandchildren the importance of the American flag, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s Day.
Nadine loved family gatherings, with many shared hours of stories and laughter. At these get-togethers, the family got to enjoy another one of her talents , her cooking! Her cold water chocolate cake and frosting were always a big hit! She enjoyed facebook, search word puzzles, music, shopping, marbles, and most of all cuddling, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She created special memories for them by making a game out of counting semi’s on road trips, hiding the thimble, and leaving special hand written messages for them to find.
After Alvin’s death, and having too much time on her hands, her brothers often accused her of running the wheels off of her car!
Nadine had a fun and spunky personality which family and friends loved!
Grateful for having shared her life are children Lynn Leibel and her husband Mike of Gillette, Dawn Hill and her husband Cliff of Gillette, Rita Piper and her husband Lon of Gillette, and Lance Tucker and his wife Tracy of White River; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers Jim Sumners and Mary of White River, Pat Sumners and his wife Sharon of Pierre, and Dan Sumners and his wife Oletta of Deer Park, Washington; two sisters Goldie Reichardt of Hot Springs, and Marge Desport of Covina, California; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Nadine was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Tucker; her parents Willis "Bill" and Winifred Sumners; three brothers Ike, Jack and Johnny Sumners; and five sisters Shirley Kuper, Myrt Larson, Billie Nordlie, Evelyn Dutoit and Ida Lorraine Sumners in infancy.
Visitation will be held 6-7 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 24, at the White River Methodist Church with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 25, at the White River Community Events Center.
Interment will be at the White River Cemetery.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
White River Events Center
White River, South Dakota
Pastor Linda Baldock
Cliff Krogman Family - Prelude
Shawn Hight - Musician
"How Great Thou Art"
"Go Rest High on that Mountain"
"Amazing Grace"- Processional
REGISTER BOOK ATTENDANTS
Stana & Jaelyn Green - Mary Brandis
Pam & Don Dreyer - Cindy Spiegel
Spencer Blom - Brian Tyrrell - Tate Mallory
All of Nadine's Grandsons
Talon Tucker - Tyrell Tucker - Logan Tucker
Heath Leibel - Jesse Leibel - Shade Piper - Link Tucker
White River Cemetery
White River, South Dakota
To Nadine's children I sent my sympathy at this difficult time. Your mother always had a care and laugh for everyone and she'll be missed by many. May the Lord will you all comfort and strength as it is never easy to lose a mother, regardless of her age or yours. Let your memories of your mother remain with you always.
~ Connie Hight Belmain
Alexandria, MN (3/21/2017)
My heartfelt sympathy to my cousins, Lynn-Dawn-Rita-Lance and all of their families. Aunt Nadine and Uncle Alvin are now together, I'm sure all the relatives and friends are having a glass of tea and something to eat, talking, kids running around and don't forget that kiss from aunt Nadine. That "big" house in White River had so much love for anyone who walked in. A hug to all who felt Nadine's special touch, on this earth and in heaven. Glenda, daughter of Ike & Patricia(Hight) Sumners
~ Stanley&Glenda Matt
17614 3M Rd (3/21/2017)
I'm honored to have had the opportunity to know this amazing lady! Sending my love and sympathy during this difficult time. Hopefully she isn't being chased by any bulls! 😘
Gillette, Wy (3/22/2017)
Lynn and Mike and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. Think of you often.
~ Glen and Rose Bennett
Philip, SD (3/29/2017)
Our sympathy and prayers are with you all! Love n hugs
~ Jean and Bob Magelky
Buffalo WY (3/23/2017)
I am so sorry for your loss. The death of a love one can be extremely difficult to cope with. Many have found comfort in the many promises found in God's word the bible. Acts 24:15 has special meaning for many. There it speaks about the resurrection. By means of the resurrection our loving Creator, Jehovah God, will restore life back to those sleeping in death as promised (Titus1:2). Please embrace this wonderful promise of God during this difficult time.
~ T. Kelly
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My heart goes out to Nadine's family. Nadine was indeed a very special person and it is reflected through her children and family.
~ Judy & Mark Moser
Gillette Wy (3/23/2017)
Your family has been in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere sympathy is extended to you.
~ Alan and Sandy Green
White River,SD (3/20/2017)
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Nadine was one of my favorite people. When I moved to White River in 1976 she had the who,e town furnishing me with stuff to set up housekeeping. It's so hard to lose a mother, my heart goes out to all the family. She will be missed by so many people. Love you Nadine.
~ Sherry Philips
Spring hill Florida (3/24/2017)
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Rita Piper and family: I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
~ Carla (Fassero) & Daryl Morgan
Gillette, Wyoming (3/22/2017)
My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Nadine's phone number in White River is the only number I can still remember from my years of living there...crazy. What a great lady and lots of good memories will keep her in your hearts forever! May she rest in peace.
~ Barb Ketel (Susie)
Gillette, WY (3/21/2017)
Sending our Prayers to the Families of Nadines, may God hold you in his arms at this time.
~ Bruce and Bonnie Madsen
Kadoka S.D. (3/20/2017)
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