Dr. Mary M. Rucker

Dr. Mary M. Rucker, 69, of Springhouse Lane, New Wilmington passed away at her residence on March 9, 2014.

Mary was born on March 9, 1945 in Bristol, VA. to the late Berkley P. and Laura 'Dulaney' Rucker of Bristol, TN. She was a granddaughter of the Dulaney family of Medical Grove in Blountville, TN., and a niece of the late Mary R. and Frank L. Marney of Bristol.

Mary was a 1963 graduate of Dobyns-Bennet High School in Kingsport, TN. She earned a B.A. in Music from Maryville College, TN. She was awarded a Masters in Music and Performer's Certificate from the Indiana University School of Music in 1969, as a student of Menahem Pressler.

Dr. Rucker taught at Otterbein College in Ohio, then completed her DMA in piano performance at West Virginia University in 1979. She joined the faculty at Marshall University in 1980, and later taught at Clarion University and Westminster College.

Upon retirement, Dr. Rucker became fiercely involved in the welfare of feral cats. Most recently she supported Trap, Neuter, and Return programs locally and nationally.

Mary is survived by two very individual and remarkable nephews, Paul Berkley Rucker of Minneapolis, MN. and David Nathan Rucker of Berkeley, CA.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her brother, William B. Rucker in 1988 and her partner, Thomas Lynn Fox in 2006.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at 2 pm on Saturday, April 5 at the Spiritual Path Church, 2041 Moravia St. Ext., New Castle.

There will be a private graveside service at the Blountville, TN. cemetery.

A fitting remembrance would be to donate to, or volunteer for the Lawrence Co. Animal Relief Fund, PO Box 8514, New Castle, PA. 16107

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