Karen Adams Tucker

March 20, 1941 - March 29, 2021

Karen Adams Tucker, 80, wife of John H. Tucker, passed away suddenly on March 29, 2021 in Houston, Texas.   She was born in Navasota, Texas on March 20, 1941 to Ruth K. (Wilson) and Samuel L. (“S.L.”) Adams and lived in Beaumont for many years.

Following graduation from Baton Rouge High School in 1959, Karen attended Emporia State Teachers’ College in Emporia, Kansas. It was there she met Gary Nicholas, father to her two children, Michelle and Michael Adam. Karen settled in Beaumont, eventually marrying John Tucker, creating a blended family that prospered for 43 years. She worked for some time for the City of Beaumont and was proud of her completion of her bachelor’s degree from Lamar University in 1981. She and John enjoyed years of traveling, seeing museum exhibits, visiting family, and creating an annual reunion in New Braunfels that began over 30 years ago. She was an accomplished artist who, among other talents such as jewelry-making, was involved with the Spindletop Stitchers for the past few years. She was one of the longest serving volunteers for the Beaumont Meals on Wheels program, beginning by delivering meals with her father when he retired.

Karen was a vivacious woman who seized life at every opportunity. She was full of creativity, color, insight, and wonderment. There were so many things Karen enjoyed filling her life with and sharing with her husband and family. She loved hosting Granny Camp, going to Big Lake and the occasional brewery, listening to music, and staying connected with friends and family. The family reunions were especially fun spending the weekend tubing the Comal and sharing stories. She was a gifted listener. One of her favorite icons was Wonder Woman.

Karen loved to share knowledge, traditions, and passing things on to the next generation. This included teaching her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids everything from cooking great recipes, to sewing and embroidery, to painting and jewelry-making. She was also an active volunteer in the community, stitching new home art for Habitat for Humanity, and working with her daughter, Michelle, on decorations for the Foster Kids Christmas Party in Beaumont.

Karen is survived by her husband, John Halbert Tucker, of Beaumont; her son, John Kevin Tucker and his wife, Sharon Talley, of Austin; her daughter-in-law, Alida Ruicci Tucker, of Austin; her daughter, Michelle Nicholas (Trevino), of Beaumont; her daughter, Cynthia (Cindy) Tucker Flanagan and her spouse, Bill Flanagan, of Friendswood; her son, Michael (Mike) Adam Nicholas and his wife, Karen Hightower Nicholas, of Austin; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and her sister, Diane Adams, of San Antonio. Karen was predeceased by her parents, Samuel and Ruth Adams, her first husband, Gary Wayne Nicholas, and her son, Eric Brian Tucker.

A celebration of her life is scheduled from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens, located at Tyrell Park, 6088 Babe Zaharias Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77705.

Her cremation was held through Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice or support a local artist in her honor.

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Ruth Lyn Wilson Witten

My beloved cousin Karen always found the joy in everyday life. I will forever cherish so many memories of her over 80 years of being “girl cousins”.

Martha Hood

Karen was a special and precious friend who was adored and will be missed by many. My prayers go out to her family.

Carolyn and Jim Bertoni

We were very saddened to learn of Karen`s passing, and hope her family will be comforted by the beautiful memories she created. Our condolences to all the family.

Sylvia McElduff

Michelle-Greg and I are so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was a wonderful lady, always kind and wore so many admirable hats! She will be missed by so many. May you and your family find comfort in knowing she is pain free and in paradise. Praying for strength, peace and comfort for you in the coming days. Love you Michelle- Greg and Sylvia McElduff

Sue Dismukes

Karen and I worked together at the City of Beaumont. She was such a sweet lady. I am saddened to see that she has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.