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Patricia Ann “Patti” Tucker, 77 of Lancaster, MO, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2023, at Life Care Center of Brookfield. 

The daughter of Warren and Charlotte (Berry) Gardine, she was born October 11, 1945, in Centerville, IA. Patti graduated from Lancaster High School in 1963 and in 1969 married Granville Baxter. After her daughter was born, she completed the licensed practical nursing program from what is now the Kirksville Area Technical Center. She later married Larry Tucker and moved to Moline, IL, where she worked as an emergency room nurse while also completing paramedic training. 

After practicing emergency nursing for several years, Patti moved back to the family farm in Lancaster. She incorporated her love for animals and nursing experience and spent 30 years raising sheep and breeding dogs. In addition to farming, she also owned several small businesses in her hometown. Patti never met a stranger and was always willing to take in any animal in need. Her joy was watching birds and growing beautiful flowers that she would share with her friends and family to start their own gardens. 

Patti is survived by her daughter Lacy (Eric) King; grandsons Drew (Mindi Mason) King and Connor (Taylor Clayton) King, all of Kirksville; sister Debbie (Roxanne) Gardine of Yuma, AZ; sister-in-law Roberta Gardine; and several nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Gary Gardine and Craig Gardine; and a niece Jennifer Gardine. 

Graveside services for Patti Tucker will be held at Arni Memorial Cemetery at 2:00 Friday, October 13, 2023. 

Memorials are suggested for the Adair County Humane Society or Arni Memorial Cemetery. 

Arrangements in the care of Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home; www. davisplaylehudsonrimer. com.