Natalie Ann TUCKER
January 8, 1935 – March 9, 2021
Natalie Ann Tucker, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, died peacefully in Las Vegas on March 9, 2021 at 86. She was born on January 8, 1935. Natalie was the elder daughter of Manuel and Vera (Martin) Machado of Taunton, Massachusetts. She was born and raised in Taunton and loved reading, the outdoors and the beach. She married Norman R. Kirker in 1953 and raised five children in the greater Taunton area, living for a time in Raynham and then eventually Rehoboth as of 1963. A loving wife and mother, Natalie’s first priorities were always as a mother and homemaker and as a strong, and stabilizing influence for the family. In addition to helping raise a large family, Natalie worked several career paths including with Princess House and the Dighton-Rehoboth Schools. She was also a very devout Catholic her entire life. She loved reading and keeping a journal every day. Her love of writing letters led to a lasting friendship that started with a pen pal in England that began when Natalie was a young girl scout. Her friendship with Margaret Maynard of South Hampton, England lasted their lifetime and she visited England on at least three occasions as a result. Natalie greatly enjoyed travel and also visited Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Mexico, Grand Caymans, and Jamaica. Natalie was suddenly widowed in December 1984, but eventually was remarried to Clark Tucker of Maine in 1989.
In 1994, Natalie and Clark moved to Melrose, Florida to resettle in warmer climes due to Natalie’s arthritis. Natalie and Clark very much enjoyed RVing and country music and dancing. She also loved the warmer weather and the many friendships she cultivated in Melrose. A lifelong bird and nature lover, Natalie enjoyed telling her northern friends when she had just picked a fresh dozen oranges off her backyard tree. After being widowed again in 1998, Natalie decided to remain in her Melrose home on her own and became a well-known figure in the mornings as a crossing guard at a busy intersection nearby her house. She would often comment about how important it was to protect the little ones. Thus, she only fully retired in 2012 and again elected to remain in lovely Melrose where she continued to support the local library, volunteered at the local senior center well into her eighties and continued to enjoy socializing with her many friends and attending church activities with zeal. This past year, with most of her social activities closed off due to the pandemic and her health concerns, Natalie relocated to be near family in the Summer of 2020, first briefly in Massachusetts and finally in Las Vegas with her youngest son Ronnie and his wife Shannon nearby.
Natalie is survived by her sister Cynthia Machado of Taunton and also by her five children, Garry Kirker of Texas, Sandra Mathieu of Massachusetts, Richard Kirker of Colorado, Ronald Kirker of Nevada and Elaine Perry of Rhode Island, and their families including seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She is in all of their hearts and she will be forever missed and remembered very fondly.
A celebration of Life will be held in Massachusetts in early Summer 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Heart Association and to the Melrose (Florida) Public Library in Natalie’s name.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Natalie Ann TUCKER
March 29, 2021
Everyone that met "Grandma Tucker" (Natalie) is a better person having known her. I'll never forget, having first met her during Christmas 2000 in New Jersey. I was amazed by her wonderful sense of humor. I'll always remember her energetic charisma, and how humble she was. She came into this world, and left it a better place than the way she found it. May you forever rest in peace, Natalie!