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90_SR0082 LRB9005821KBkb 1 SENATE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate wish to send 3 their condolences to the family of Juanita Thompson Tucker of 4 Chicago, Illinois; and 5 WHEREAS, Juanita Tucker was born in Dubberly, Louisiana, 6 on July 18, 1930; her parents were Henry and Lillie Lee 7 Thompson; Juanita was the second of four daughters born in 8 the family; Juanita accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour at 9 an early age and joined with the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in 10 Dubberly; upon her family's move to Chicago in 1943, Juanita 11 joined the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church; and 12 WHEREAS, Juanita Tucker and her family lived in the 13 Bronzeville area of the city, where she attended Douglas 14 Elementary School; in 1948 Ms. Tucker graduated from Wendell 15 Phillips High School, a school that would hold future 16 significance in her life; she received her Bachelor of Arts 17 in Music from Northwestern University in 1952; at the time of 18 her college education, segregation was occurring on several 19 campuses, which required Ms. Tucker to commute daily; the 20 struggles of college and the changing atmosphere in the 21 country did not deter Juanita from graduating cum laude; she 22 went on to receive her Masters in Music Education from 23 Roosevelt University; she also worked on graduate studies at 24 the University of Illinois in Chicago, the Illinois Institute 25 of Technology, and Chicago State University; and 26 WHEREAS, While taking a train ride to visit a college 27 friend, Ms. Tucker met her future husband, Kenneth Tucker of 28 Wichita, Kansas; with a courting technique involving his 29 homemade nut cookies, Kenneth married Juanita in 1955; 30 together they had three children; Linda, Lillian, and 31 Kenneth; and 32 WHEREAS, Juanita Tucker began her career in the Chicago -2- LRB9005821KBkb 1 Public Schools as a primary teacher, and then went on to 2 become a music teacher; after several years, Ms. Tucker 3 transferred to her alma mater, Wendell Phillips High School; 4 at Wendell Phillips she served as a music teacher and a 5 guidance counselor; as a part of the guidance department, Ms. 6 Tucker saw many students placed into colleges and 7 universities around the country; as a result of her hard work 8 and dedication, Juanita Tucker was inducted into the Wendell 9 Phillips Hall of Fame; and 10 WHEREAS, Juanita Tucker served as Assistant Principal and 11 then Principal of Wendell Phillips; as Principal Ms. Tucker 12 worked on school reform, improving academic standards for the 13 students, providing a stronger and more nurturing environment 14 for the students, and seeking out job opportunities for her 15 students; as Principal she, along with help from the Tuskegee 16 Airmen, established the first and only Air Force ROTC program 17 in the Chicago Public Schools; and 18 WHEREAS, Juanita Tucker kept Wendell Phillips alive; 19 working with community leaders, she made sure that the school 20 was recognized as a valuable part of the Bronzeville area; in 21 1995 she traveled to Japan as part of an educational exchange 22 program; through her many projects and efforts, Juanita 23 Tucker let people know how proud she was of Wendell Phillips 24 High School; and 25 WHEREAS, In addition to her work in the Chicago public 26 schools Juanita Tucker was a full time church musician; she 27 played for over thirty years at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist 28 Church, and later continued her career as Minister of Music 29 at Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church and as director of music 30 at St. Mark's Evangelical Church; in 1979 Juanita and her 31 family joined with Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, where 32 she remained an active member; and -3- LRB9005821KBkb 1 WHEREAS, Juanita Tucker is remembered for many things; 2 she was known as "the suit lady" because of her good fashion 3 sense and her impeccable power suits; Juanita and her husband 4 Kenneth made sure that their children were provided with the 5 best in education, and together they worked toward that goal; 6 and 7 WHEREAS, Juanita Tucker is survived by her loving husband 8 Kenneth; her two daughters, Linda E. Tucker and her husband 9 William Preston, and Lillian Tucker Johnson and her husband 10 Marion; her son Kenneth H. Tucker; her two sisters Fannie M. 11 Turner and Olivia M. Teverbaugh; her granddaughters, Jessica 12 Leslie Tucker Preston and Joanna Carrie Tucker Preston; her 13 two nephews, Robert Teverbaugh and Wendell Turner; as well as 14 several other relatives and friends; therefore, be it 15 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 16 OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with her 17 family and friends, the death of Juanita Tucker of Chicago, 18 Illinois; and be it further 19 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 20 presented to the family of Juanita Tucker of Chicago, 21 Illinois, along with our sincere condolences.
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