Yvette Jean Tucker passed away peacefully at her home in Eureka on April 21, 2021. Yvette will be remembered for her kindness and her gentle soul. She was a loyal friend that could be depended upon anytime, night or day. She was always there to help her fellow human beings and she had a special affection for her furry friends.

Yvette was born in Sacramento on August 21,1946, to Mayo Lydia Deluis and Eugene Williamson. She graduated from Bishop Armstrong High School in 1966. She earned an AA degree from Sacramento City College, and was a Brown Belt in Kenpo Karate. At the age of 21 she married Richard Tucker. They had a child together in 1968. In 1974, Yvette and her young son, Samuel, moved to Humboldt County. Yvette found relief in the cool weather that she encountered on the coast. She spent the rest of her days living in bliss behind the redwood curtain.

Yvette began her working career in Humboldt at the Little Ponderosa Cafe in Rio Dell. She also served diners at the elegant Scotia Inn restaurant. After many years in the restaurant business, she eagerly changed careers. She worked for fifteen years as an administrative assistant at College of the Redwoods where she volunteered to be a Union representative for her colleagues. Yvette was a team player. Upon leaving College of the Redwoods, she transferred to the Humboldt County Planning Department. Yvette developed many lasting friendships at work. After retirement, in support of the Humboldt Humane Society, Yvette was an enthusiastic volunteer at Tail Wagger‘s Thrift Shop in Eureka.

Yvette was a passionate reader. She loved books and was on the board of the Humboldt County Library. She was also an avid participant in a pen pal program through the Humboldt County Chapter of Big Sisters. She was efficient on the typewriter but very proud of the flair of her flourishing script and signature. She loved the physicality of writing letters in the old fashioned way to her young pen pals.

Yvette had a sweet, angelic voice and she yearly graced her close friends with her private rendition of Happy Birthday over the phone.

Yvette was an active vendor in the monthly flea market events at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. She had a special interest in homemade crafts and beautiful one-of-a-kind items. You could often find Yvette behind her ‘flea’ table crocheting a hat or scarf. She loved to give away her creations to those in need. She had a great fondness for the people and the camaraderie at the flea market.

To think of Yvette is to remember her infectious laughter. The ring of her ‘mirthful cackle’ echoes in the hearts of her loving friends.

Yvette was preceded in death by her parents Mayo and Eugene and her brother John Williamson. She is survived by her son Samuel Tucker, her nephew Erik Williamson, his wife Teresa and their children Erik Pettit, Kyrsten Lenore Williamson, Steven Rondone Williamson.

A celebration of Yvette’s life is being planned for August 2021. Please contact Maria, blueheroncases@gmail.com, for more information.


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