Shirley Gene (Davis) Rucker (1928 - 2005)

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Biography

Birth

at Home Birth ,
Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas

Death


Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California
Cause of death: age

Cause of death

age

Burial / Funeral

at at sea,

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Last Known Residence

Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California

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Education

Shirley was home educated and then went to Business School to become a secretary when she was 21-22.

Professions

Shirley began her carreer working as a switchboard operator for Goodwill Industry in San Antonio, Texas. She left that job after she married Marvin Edward Rucker in 1955 and became pregnant with Rebecca Elaine Rucker. She worked for 5 years as a free-lance beauty consultant and then returned to work as medical secretary during the rest of her working career. She worked until she was 62 years old.

Military Service

none

Middle name

Gene

Maiden name

Davis

Surnames

Ethnicity

Caucasian with Euro roots.

Nationality

American Citizen

Religion

Christian

Gender

Female

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Obituary

My mother died at a very advanced age for anyone born with spina bifida myelomeningocele in 1928. Over her life she had had 21 surgeries. Shirley was an intelligent and beautiful woman. Her desire to lead an independent life was never fully recognized but she did manage right up until the last two weeks of her life to live with minimal help. She had a cleaning woman who came in once every week and a nurse who came to her home to visit her once a month. She worked as a medical secretary and bookkeeper for 29 years. She would have preferred working until the day she died but the braces she wore continually caused pressure sores that finally refused to heal. She learned to drive at the age of 59! This woman was incredably determined to be totally independent. She lived the last 15 years confined to a wheelchair which in turn made her housebound.

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