Joyce Wheaton Watson Tucker

Joyce Wheaton Watson Tucker of Salem, Va., passed away Aug. 23, 2014.

Joyce was born Nov. 16, 1926, at Providence, R.I., to Earle and Alice Watson.

She is predeceased by her parents; her husband, Frank Allan Tucker; her brother, William Watson; and her son, Ralph Marcus Tucker.

Joyce is survived by her three sons and their families, Frank (Skip) A. Tucker Jr. (Gayle) of St. Louis, William Tucker (Vanessa) New Castle and Chris Tucker (Kathy) of Salem, Va. and Ralph Marcus’ wife Marilyn Smith of Crawfordsville. Her grandchildren include: Jennifer Tucker, Sarah Tucker Howsden (Mike), Cameron Tucker, Adrian Tucker (fiance Kristen Werking), Matt Tucker (Laura) and Julie Tucker Cecere (Tom). Her three great-grandchildren are Carson M. Tucker, Berkley N. Tucker and Thomas C. Cecere. 

She was raised in Taunton, Mass., and graduated from high school at age 16. She was given a scholarship to the New York Ballet, but because of her age, she decided to attend the Washington School for Secretaries. She married the love of her life June 22, 1946, Frank, when he returned from World War II.

Joyce was passionate about two things in life: golf and books. While raising her family in Crawfordsville, she worked part time in the local library. She was an avid reader and loved a good book. She often had several going at the same time. In addition to her books, she was a consummate games player — mastering bridge, crossword puzzles, picture puzzles, Sudoku and a variety of board games. She had an artistic side that she satisfied through her many crafty endeavors.

Golf was her love! While in the state of Indiana she won a number of club championships and traveled throughout the state to compete. Her love of the game inspired her into a leadership role as the president of the Indiana State Women’s Golf Association. Joyce enjoyed a good round of golf well into her 70’s.

A private family service will be held in Rhode Island. Donations in her memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or online at

The family would like to express their gratitude to the Brandon Oaks nursing staff, Good Samaritan Hospice and to Dr. James Farmer and Dr. Humerickhouse at Lewis Gale Hospital, for their kind and loving care they showed Joyce after her last surgery.

Arrangements by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem, Va.

Doris Bunnell

Doris Bunnell, 93, of Veedersburg, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Williamsport Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mrs Bunnell was born Jan. 30, 1921, at Sterling, the daughter of Ora and Edith (Shoaf) Stonebraker.

She was formerly married to James Bunnell, and they were blessed with one daughter, Roselyn Gossett, who resides in Veedersburg. Doris is also survived by a twin sister Dorean Stonebraker of Williamsport; three granddaughters, April Gossett, Rachel (Scott) McMahan and Roselyn (James) Blankenship; three great-grandchildren, Nathan McMahan, Larissa McMahan and Hunter Blankenship.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and Gordon Stonebraker; two sisters, Margaret Bentley and Frances Ward; and son-in-law Straudy Gossett.

Doris was first and foremost a homemaker who loved to bake and enjoyed raising her daughter, she will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. After raising her daughter she was employed and retired from ATI in Danville, Ill. For the past 40-plus years she has lived with her twin sister Dorean in Veedersburg.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Dickerson Funeral Home, Veedersburg. Burial will follow the service at Bonebrake Cemetery near Veedersburg.

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