Anna Louise Cornelison Tucker passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus a little over a month shy of her 93rd birthday at Grace Assisted Living in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Monday January 17, 2022. Anna was “walked home” in the loving arms of her daughter, Connie, her grandson Shane, and her granddaughter, Tracey.
Anna was born on March 1, 1929, in Seymour, Missouri, to Fred Cornelison and Carrie Barker Cornelison. She was one of 12 siblings. Anna graduated from Seymour High School in May of 1946. She married her soulmate and love of her life Andrew Jackson (Jack) Tucker on October 3, 1946, in Webster County, Missouri. She loved telling her family about getting married at her cousin’s house and then going to celebrate with chocolate milkshakes. A few years after their marriage, Ann and Jack ventured west to Idaho with other family members to settle in Twin Falls where they resided for the remainder of their years. Anna joined Gallatin Valley Seed Company in 1962, working in the summer on the farm with Dr. Melvin Parker. She began working full time in 1964, at the Quality Control lab, then in 1976, she relocated to the Research Department north of Curry Crossing west of Twin Falls working for Dr. Calvin Lamborn as his Research Assistant and supporting Dr. Paul Moser’s program when he joined the company. Anna worked closely with Dr. Lamborn on the early snap pea development and was proud of her contribution to the advancement of this product. She retired in March 1994, with over 30 years of service to Gallatin Valley and Rogers NK Seed Company.
Anna and Jack loved spending time with family members at Magic Reservoir fishing, boating, and playing board games in their camping trailer. The two were avid gardeners which Anna continued for several years following Jack’s death. Family members enjoyed fresh produce from their garden for many years. She loved working in her flower beds and maintained one of the most beautiful yards in her neighborhood. Family members and friends have benefited from her beautiful, crocheted afghans. The last she completed was in December for her great-grandson Drew in red, white, and blue to celebrate his service in the Air Force. Even in her final years, Anna tremendously enjoyed watching wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing on television. She “coached” the opponents from her recliner. Her favorite wrestler was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Anna was a long-time member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. The last thing she did before going to sleep each night was to pray individually for her family members.
Anna is survived by her son Larry (Anne) Tucker and daughter Connie (Kelly) Klaas of Twin Falls; grandchildren Brandon Witt and Trevor Tucker of Boise, Travis (Callie) Tucker, Stephanie Tucker, Shane (Ronda Berg) Klaas, and Tracey (Jon) Parsons of Twin Falls, and Michelle Fairchild of Mountain Home; great-grandchildren Christian, Riley, Avery, Tinley, Austin, Morgan (Gaige), Elliot, Rhiannon, Gage, Kayla (Spencer), Levi, Drew, Jacob, Kade, Ashlynn, Brock, Kylie, Josh, Gracie, Tanner; and great-great-granddaughters Brynlee and Bostyn. She is also survived by her brother Jim (Mary) Cornelison of Derby, Kansas, and sisters Kathleen Sartin of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Nancy (Frank) Priboth and Carol (Van) Bateman of Bella Vista, Arkansas, special family friend Nance McNew, and many nieces and nephews.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Carrie Cornelison, husband Jack Tucker, brothers Jack, Raymond, and Freddie Cornelison, sisters Esther Tucker, Edna Cornelison, Maggie Clark, and Imogene Ramsey, and her special nephew Dean Tucker.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 22, 2022, at White-Reynolds Funeral Chapel 2466 Addison Ave E. in Twin Falls with a graveside service following at Sunset Memorial Park. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Services will be conducted by Pastor John Babb. A live stream of the service may be viewed on her obituary page at www.whitereynoldschapel.com.
n lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Anna’s name to John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, through their website at ugive.app.utah.edu.
The family gives our utmost thanks to Cameron Clark, PA, Grace Assisted Living, and Hospice Visions for their exemplary and loving care of Anna. Compassionate, loving, funny, encouraging, bossy, and sassy to the end, Anna will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.