Sheryl Ware Tuck Obituary, 2007

Sheryl Ware Tuck, 57, Moscow

Sheryl Ware Tuck, wife of Richard Tuck, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2007, from pancreatic cancer. Sheryl was born June 12, 1950, in Eugene, Ore. Her parents are the late Samuel Bruce Ware and Barbara Ware of Newport, Ore. Sheryl was preceded in death by baby girl Tuck; Michael, her son; and Samuel Bruce Ware, her father. Sheryl grew up in Eugene, Ore., attended Willamette High School and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1972. Sheryl married Second Lieutenant Richard (Rich) Tuck Aug. 11, 1973. Rich made the army his career with the support of his loving wife, Sheryl. Lieutenant Colonel Tuck and Sheryl retired from the Army in 1994 to Moscow. Sheryl enjoyed life to the fullest and always had a ready smile for her friends and family. Sheryl’s laughter and uncontrolled giggling was so cherished. Sheryl displayed an indomitable spirit throughout her life. After her first chemotherapy treatment, Sheryl remarked to Rich, “The battle has begun.” Sheryl’s positive attitude never changed during her battle with cancer to the very end. Sheryl was a very loving wife and mother. Family was the most important thing in her life, especially during her battle with cancer. Sheryl was so very proud of her only surviving child, Laura, who is completing her master’s degree at Pacific University in Oregon. Sheryl exemplified integrity, strength, and independence for Laura. From the time Laura was born the two laughed together and loved each other unconditionally. Sheryl was involved in Laura’s education, volunteering in the school district and helping with homework and spent hours at practices and competitions as her No. 1 fan. She provided guidance and support for Laura into adulthood and was a confidant to Laura and her friends. Sheryl, besides being Laura’s mother, was also Laura’s most cherished friend. Sheryl valued the many friends she made throughout the world during Rich’s career in the Army. Sheryl’s friends support and prayers were instrumental in providing a good quality of life until the very end. Sheryl especially enjoyed her bridge group friends, who were so supportive of both Sheryl and Rich during their 16-month struggle with cancer. Barbara Armstrong and Kathy LeFors’ close personal friendship and support enriched Sheryl’s life and greatly comforted Sheryl as her struggle ended. Sheryl was active in the community including volunteering in the school system and was a member of several school advisory boards. Sheryl was proficient in stained glass artwork and made stained glass windows for her church when Rich was an ROTC battalion commander in Oshkosh, Wis. Sheryl also was a stained glass instructor at Panzer Kazerne when Rich was assigned to an armor battalion in Germany. Sheryl had a strong love for animals; she bred and showed wirehair fox terriers when Rich was assigned to Fort Knox, Ky. Her dogs were close companions when Rich was away on extended Army training exercises. Sheryl enjoyed her four horses and trail riding in Idaho with Rich. Rich and Sheryl would camp and take trail rides into the Idaho wilderness for up to a week at a time. Sheryl so enjoyed the outdoor experience with Rich and her horses. A “Sheryl Ware Tuck” University of Oregon Army ROTC endowment annual scholarship has been established to celebrate Rich and Sheryl’s “First Date.” Rich and Sheryl’s first date was during their freshmen year at the University of Oregon in May 1969 and was to the Army ROTC spring picnic. A wonderful and remarkable 38-year romance and friendship ensued. From the beginning to the end, Sheryl was the nicest and most beautiful person in the world. Sheryl was a very gifted and talented person. She developed Rich and Sheryl’s two Internet business Web sites with a No. 1 ranking on the Google search engine. A remarkable accomplishment since Sheryl had no formal Web site development training. Upon Rich’s retirement in 1994, Sheryl designed her dream home after 21 years of living in Army housing. Rich took 18 months to personally build Sheryl’s dream house in the country for his wonderful wife. Sheryl was a world traveler who enjoyed experiencing other cultures and visiting ancient historical sites with Rich throughout Europe and Asia. After college, Sheryl traveled throughout Europe for three months. After Rich and Sheryl’s marriage, Rich did not have to report to his first army assignment for six weeks. Rich and Sheryl had a six-week honeymoon and traveled in a van to Mexico and 22 states enroute to Rich’s first assignment, Fort Knox, Ky. During Rich’s Army assignment in Germany from 1987 to 1990, Sheryl traveled extensively, visiting 15 European and Asian countries. From 2004 through 2006 Sheryl and Rich traveled for three weeks each year in Greece, Spain, and Italy, visiting Athens, Madrid, and Rome, and exploring many ancient historical sites. The Tuck family greatly appreciates the support received during the past 16 months. Sheryl was always surrounded by loving friends and family during her battle with cancer. Pastor Dawna Svaren and Pastor Gordon Braun provided unparalleled spiritual support for Sheryl throughout her illness. As Pastor Dawna and Pastor Braun prayed at her bedside, Sheryl was blanketed with a sense of peace and comfort about going home to heaven that only God can grant. Sheryl did not live a long life – but she had a wonderful life. She grew up with loving parents, had many valued friendships, traveled the world, had a mutually adoring marriage with Rich, and was a wonderful mother to her daughter, Laura. A memorial service celebrating Sheryl’s life will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Moscow, with a catered reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please bring pictures or make donations to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Palouse.

Source:  Moscow-Pullman Daily News, The (ID) – Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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