A memorial Mass for Sister Margaret Eugene Tucker was celebrated Dec. 20 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis. A longtime educator, Sister Margaret Eugene died Dec. 17 at Nazareth. She was 100 and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 74 years.
Born in East Peoria, Ill., Sister Margaret Eugene was the oldest of three children born to Edward Joseph and Mary Margaret Frey Tucker. She met the Sisters of St. Joseph as a freshman in high school, when they came to teach catechism classes on Sunday mornings after Mass. In 1942, she entered the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, and in 1948, she made her final profession. Sister Margaret Eugene earned a bachelor's degree in home economics/science from Fontbonne College in 1955 and a master's in education from St. Louis University in 1957.
Sister Margaret Eugene served as a teacher at numerous schools including St. Vincent de Paul in St. Louis (1945-46), Ste. Genevieve in Ste. Genevieve (1946-47), St. Anthony of Padua in St. Louis (1955-56) and St. Joseph's Academy (1956-60). She also taught at schools in Mobile, Ala.
In 1960, she went to Fontbonne College, where she was a member of the administrative staff more than two decades. In 1985, she went to Immaculate Conception School in New Madrid (Portageville), Mo., to serve as a secretary. In 1986, she served at St. Joseph's Academy Convent as an administrator, serving there for two decades. In 2007, she retired to a ministry of prayer at presence at Nazareth Living Center.
Sister Margaret Eugene donated her body to science.