Long-time Kingman resident Thelma Rucker went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2010.
Thelma was born Dec. 8, 1920, to Lona Elizabeth Smith Dollarhide and William Ernest Dollarhide in Frog Level, Ark., where she lived until the family moved to Kingman in 1932 during The Great Depression.
Mrs. Rucker is survived by Ellis Rucker, her husband of 41 years; her children, Rep. Doris Goodale (Bill), Diana (Logas) Walkup (Wayne), John Wells (Dana), all of Kingman; stepchildren, Richard Rucker (Susie) of Flagstaff and Eileen Polling of Queen Creek; and her grandchildren, Stephanie Goodale, Mike Goodale, Randy Wells, Brad Rucker, Tricia Rucker, Thomas Sissom of Kingman, Wiliam Logas of Prescott, Casey Rucker of Flagstaff, Tracey Sissom of Prescott Valley, Elizabeth Randrup of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and Jennifer Goodale of Stillwater, Minn.
"Granny" received lots of enjoyment from her grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She is survived by two sisters, Gloria Bolles of Kingman and Adeline Morris of Texas. Thelma is preceded in death by her mother and father, Lona and Ernest Dollarhide; her former husband, John Wells; and two sisters and two brothers.
Thelma operated the Cork and Bottle Liquor Store prior to her marriage to Ellis Rucker in 1969. Together, they started Rucker Motors in 1970. While Ellis operated the dealership, Thelma worked in the County Assessor's Office. She was recognized by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors upon retirement in 1997 for her 25 years of service at the age of 77.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Manzanita Baptist Church, 2040 Golden Gate Ave. Following a brief graveside ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Stockton Hill Road, there will be a celebration of Thelma's life at Manzanita Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, Thelma requested donations be sent to Manzanita Baptist Church for various programs, and New Hope Hospice, 415 E. Andy Devine, Kingman, AZ 86401-5826.