Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Marsha Kay Tucker

Marsha Kay Tucker, age 82, of Shelby, died Tuesday night, April 20, 2021 at her home.

Marsha was born January 8, 1939 in Shelby, the only child of the late William H. and Doris May (Stevens) Walker. She was a 1957 graduate of Shelby High School and on May 25 of that same year, married Larry Eugene Tucker.

Marsha had a love for children which was sparked at a young age. As a little girl, on a car ride with her parents, they passed a farmhouse on State Route 598, to which she explained that, “one day she would live in that house and have seven children!” Fast forward through the years and she and Larry purchased and lived in that very home and proceeded to have seven natural and three adoptive children to love and raise. Together they built a life and family where Marsha was a devoted mother and homemaker not only to her 10 children, but also to 97 foster children. Beginning their ministry in 1965, Marsha and Larry mostly fostered newborn babies from Richland, Huron, and Hocking Counties. At one time, even caring for five children under the age of one. Her love of babies stayed true throughout her entire life even into a large doll collection, a major hobby for Marsha.

She was a member of the Plymouth Township Ladies’ Aid and Hazelgrove Grange and, together with Larry, enjoyed frequenting auctions. She was also a member of Plymouth First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 64 years, Larry, and their 10 children: Mary Elizabeth (Allan) Niedermier of Tiro, Janet Lynn (Robert) Francis of Butler, MO, Christopher John Tucker of Zanesville, Cory David Tucker of Cullman, AL, Debra Ann Veigl of Cullman, AL, Rebecca Kay (Greg) Sater of Marysville, Michael Eugene (Karla) Tucker of Plymouth, Brian Allan (Michele) Tucker of Carrol, Mark Edward (Lynda) Tucker of Columbus, and Christopher Allan Tucker of Galion; 22 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren with 2 additional on the way; and 97 foster children, including a special foster daughter, Lori Thompson. In addition to her parents, Marsha’s son in law, Kevin Veigl, preceded her in death.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 2-5 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11 am. Pastor Linda Kaufman will officiate the services and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Shelby Foundation, 142 North Gamble Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875, to a fund specifically designated for the benefit of children in need.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence on Marsha’s obituary at or by leaving a comment on her post on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Nancy McLaughlin Laird says:

    Larry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. What an amazing life story and what a blessing that Marsha has been in so many lives. “Death leaves a heartache no one, only God, can heal; Love leaves memories no one can steal.” I know all of you will cherish your memories of Marsha. Nancy McLaughlin Laird, Class of ‘57

  2. Beth Fenner says:

    So sorry Mary for your loss. I enjoyed talking with Marsha when I saw her. Very sweet lady. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Amy D Swart says:

    Our hearts join you in sympathy on the loss of this lovely lady that took her love and spread it everywhere she went. She was a very special friend with a welcoming personality. She’s in her special seat watching over you all. May memories sustain you. What an honor to have that story about her life. Love you all.

  4. Joe and Julie Veigl says:

    Andrew, Debbie, Alyssa and the entire Tucker Family, so sorry for loss of your Mom/Grandma. Cherish all the memories and hold them close to your heart where your Mom/Grandma will always be. Hugs and prayers coming your way

  5. Esta Polachek says:

    So sorry Mike for the loss of your mother. She sure enjoyed children, what a blessed woman. I am sending prayers of comfort and love for your family at this sad time.

  6. Ron and Barbara Frasure says:

    So sorry to hear this. May all your wonderful memories comfort you during this time. Thinking of you as you deal with the loss of your loved one.
    Ron and Barbara

  7. Beth Terman says:

    So very sorry for your loss of Marsha. She was a very special lady who loved children and was a special neighbor to my mom and dad for years. She cheered Mom up many times and for that I am thankful. Rest In Peace sweet lady.

  8. Kalista velcich says:

    So very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman. She was a blessing for my mother. She went above and beyond as a foster parent and made a mark on everyone’s life she came into. Even as I was a small child I always remember and loved my foster mom or as I recall I called her grandma marsha. Sweet lady and our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.

  9. Judith Hampton says:

    So sorry to hear of Marsha’s passing. She will be missed. It’s not easy losing a loved one but I know you have many to help you along the way. She certainly has many stars in her crown. Judy Keller Hampton

  10. Robert Ellis, jr says:

    Larry, I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve known you and Marsha since you were first married and I was in elementary school. I can’t imagine how lost you will be without her company . I offer my most sincere condolences.

  11. arden kessler says:

    So sorry to here of this loss Larry & Mike. I did not know her, but after reading her obituary She was a wonderful person to a lot of people. She will be missed by many.

  12. Sonia Dyer says:

    My Dear Larry and family, I was so very sorry to hear of Marsha’s passing. Her love for children was absolutely beautiful! Please know that my love and prayers are with Marsha and your entire family at this time.

  13. Julie Wells says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

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