In Memory of




Obituary for Sarah B. Tucker

Sara Bland Tucker (Nee) Austin was born March 5, 1939 in Troy, New York to Sara Mason Bland Austin and Alton Ira Austin.

Sara was formally educated in the Troy Public School System.

In 1958 at the age of 18 Sara met David L. Tucker, and after a two-year courtship they married in 1960. Two years later their son, David K. Tucker, was born. In 1964, the family moved to Boston, Massachusetts.

Throughout her adult life, Sara developed many skills and performed several jobs. In her young adult years while living in Troy, she was a clerk for Demby’s Department Store and an employee of the State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles. In Boston she first worked for New England Life Insurance. She then learned the trade of printing at Avco and became a journeyman off-set snipper. She also worked at Franklin Photo. Continually developing herself, in 1975 Sara applied for and was accepted into the Bryman School Medical Assistant Program. After graduating from the program, she became a Nursing Assistant for the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, and subsequently, the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Beth Israel Hospital.

A devoted mother, Sara raised and cared for her son, David, until he passed away in 2011. Her enduring love for him was abundantly evident throughout her remaining days and years. She also exhibited great joy and pride in her parents, siblings, and nephews and nieces. She cherished their pictures, cards and notes, and archived articles and magazine clippings featuring them.

For Sara family also included those with whom she was bonded in love. She delighted in time spent with her Madison Park community of friends and neighbors, young and older. Upon her learning of her passing, many shared stories of how she always greeted them with a kind word. Her pet, Babe, was her beloved companion until death in 2017, and her pet, Ari, was her buddy and protector.

Sara made great use of the gifts God gave her. A tremendous yarnie, she knitted keepsake blankets and hats for friends and family for special occasions, especially the birth of a child. She also volunteered as a counselor and provided support to many people in their time of need. And she stayed active gardening, reading a variety of books, periodicals and articles, and participating in conversations for the betterment of her community.

Sara Bland Tucker excelled in her greatest assignment: living as a Christian ought. She loved God first and followed Christ’s teachings. With rosary beads always near, she continually prayed to God. In her suffering, she drew closer to Christ. And when her appointed time of death was at hand, with family and friends praying at her side, God received her and welcomed her home.

Sara was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, William Austin and Thomas Berrings III, and sister Inez Austin Smith. She is survived by two brothers, Alton Ira Austin (Corinne) of Piscataway, New Jersey, and Henri D. Berrings of Los Angeles, California; nephews, Shawn and Matt; nieces, Jennifer, Brittany and Morgan; and a host of friends.