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Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Joleen Tucker Gaines

September 23, 1939August 6, 2019
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Joleen Tucker Gaines, age 79, passed away on Aug 6, 2019, in Austin, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Jim Gaines; her daughter and son-in-law, Christi Tucker-Martin and Kerry Martin; and her granddaughters, Clara and Kate Martin. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Tucker.

She loved to teach and throughout her life taught various subjects, including high school English, line dancing, and Sunday School. Always an active member in her church, she played the piano and organ for services most of her adult life. Joleen loved to dance and enjoyed line dancing and country dancing. She loved to make people happy and did so by cooking for them and had a pudding recipe published in a national food TV cookbook. For most of her career she worked as an executive administrative assistant and owned her own secretarial service for several years.

A funeral is scheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 11:00 am at Oak Hill United Methodist Church with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. Flowers can be sent to Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home on West William Cannon Drive in Austin or donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, August 16, 2019

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JoAnn Perry

August 17, 2019

I am so sad to learn of Joleen's passing. We were friends and visited when we all lived in Beaumont. She graduated with my husband and she and I met in Young Homemakers. We had talked about visiting her in Austin when we were in the area...it just never worked out. She was a special lady. Just another reminder of never putting off what you can do today. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Neeta Bavikati

August 15, 2019

Christi,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in this difficult time. I have memories of our grade school sleep overs in that log cabin in Beaumont, Texas. Mrs. Joleen Tucker Gaines was amazing to put up with a house full of silly girls time and time again. She had a strong and independent spirit and left a wonderful legacy. May she rest in peace.
Much love,
Neeta Bavikati

Debbie Guevara

August 11, 2019

Such a wonderful lady. Quick with a smile, sincere, and sweet. Prayers for the family.

Janet Ellender

August 10, 2019

I was sorry to learn of the passing of Joleen. We worked together many years ago at Matrix Engineering and stayed in touch after she moved away from Beaumont. I know she will be missed by those who knew and loved her. My sincere condolences to her family during this difficult time.

Katie Robirds

August 9, 2019

I met Joleen at the Senior Center when she first moved to Austin, many years ago. Enjoyed her line dancing classes and just visiting with her.. She had a very infectious smile and a welcoming personality. She will be very much missed. Katie

Katherine Butler

August 9, 2019

Joleen worked as my husband, Byron W. Butler's secretary at Matrix Engineering for many years. Speaking of that recipe for pudding that was featured on a television food show was her famous Bread Pudding. What made it so special is that Joleen hated the lumpy pieces of bread most people put in bread pudding. So, she decided to use her food processor and turn those lumps into crumbs to make her pudding smooth. Oh it was sooo good. Byron would bring me home a small piece on the days Joleen brought her pudding to work for everyone to enjoy. One day she called to see if I was home as she had something for me. She drove over with a hot from the oven pan of her bread pudding just for me! She gave me her recipe but I've never made it myself ~ I probably could not do it justice!
We had such a nice surprise last year when Joleen & Jim came to see us and we had lunch at Tia Juanita's Fish Camp outside of Jasper, Texas.
It makes us so sad to learn of Joleen's passing ~ don't you know Harold was so happy to see her?

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