Dortha Viola Bain Tucker, 92, Overbrook: Jan. 5, 1926 – Jan. 11, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Dortha Viola Bain Tucker, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on Jan. 5, 1926, in Pittsburg, Kan., to Alonzo M. Bain and Fanny P. Lance Bain.

She graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1943. She married Seldon E. Tucker on Nov. 28, 1946. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and four siblings, Lawrence R. Bain, Laura Hudson, Velma M. Pistole, and Mable Erikson.

She is survived by her four children, Edward S. Tucker (Peggy) of Overbrook, Carol Tucker Allen (Brian), Topeka, Kan., John A. Tucker, Carbondale, Kan., and Cathy Tucker-Vogel (George), Lawrence, Kan.; and six grandchildren and five great-granddaughters.

Dortha loved her family first and was supportive and involved in their many activities. She and Seldon travelled in their RV throughout the western United States. They would spend months at their house on Tablerock Lake, fishing and relaxing on the water, and generously hosting family and friends. Dortha was a leader in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H. She was always in the stands cheering at her children’s sporting events and sewed costumes for dance recitals, school plays and Overbrook Fair floats. She created clothing for her daughters and made matching outfits for their dolls. She decorated amazing birthday cakes and cakes for special events. Dortha’s cooking and baking skills were appreciated by her family and many friends.

After moving to Overbrook, Dortha joined the United Methodist Church and donated many hours to the church and the United Methodist Women. She shared her creative talents by designing the stained glass windows in the church vestibule for Seldon’s memorial, designing and quilting the banner in the foyer and creating the drawing of the new church for its dedication. She attended Sunday School, Bible Study and weekly services until her physical and mental limitations prevented her involvement. Dortha had many friends in the Overbrook community and beyond. With her BFF, Helen Garisch, she shared a passion for gardening and china painting. They spent many hours together creating beautiful china pieces and sharing flowers and produce from their gardens.

After family and friends, Dortha’s next love was china painting. Over the years, she painted a bounty of beautiful china pieces, leaving a legacy to be enjoyed by those who appreciated her talents. She was a member of Palette Pals China Painters and met with them monthly to attend classes and paint china. Flowers were her favorite subject to paint. In 2006, Dortha’s handpainted china basket received the World Organization of China Painters Excellence Award. The basket was displayed in the WOCP Museum in Oklahoma City,

Dortha enjoyed the Busy Bees Hobby Club for both meeting with friends and making fun projects. She also belonged to the Searchlight Club, Thimble Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Dortha lived her last years at Brookside’s “The Fields”, a memory care facility in Overbrook. She had been challenged by dementia and progressive physical weakness. The Brookside staff took very good care of her and she was content there, having lived her life the best way she knew how.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church, 1005 N. Maple St., Overbrook. Visitation with family will be at 10 a.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Overbrook United Methodist Church or the Busy Bee Hobby Club, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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