Murphy Couple Celebrate Golden Anniversary
Pictured: Tuck and Vickie Tucker were married Nov. 5, 1968.
Murphy residents, Tuck and Vickie Tucker, met when Tuck was 16 years old and Vickie was 14 years old. Tuck said, “I was riding in my high school friend’s borrowed Ford convertible. We were driving around Richardson, on Melrose Street, and a cute girl bounced across the street.” His friend, Ricky Bennett, who was driving said that he knew that girl and provided an introduction. Tuck and Vickie married when Tuck was 20 years old and Vickie was 18 years old. They celebrated their 50th anniversary Nov. 5 of this year.
Their first date was playing miniature golf. Vickie talks about their early dating experiences, “I fell off a turnip truck. I didn’t know how to cut a steak or drive a car. He took me to El Fenix for my 16thbirthday and I didn’t know what a tortilla was. He taught me to drive a car. All of it was such fun.”
They describe when they realized they had found “the one”. Tuck said, “When I was in Ricky’s convertible. All guys are visual. She was a cutie, still is. A year into it we became serious. She was mature for her demographic.” Vickie said, “Two months after I met him, I knew. He was different. He was starched and stiff. He was mature when all the other guys were babies, and I liked that. He was funny and absolutely crazy.” Both of their fathers died when they were in their teens and they feel that made them both grow up fast.
They describe their wedding, held Nov. 5, 1968, as “very small, very sweet”. The ceremony was held at Tuck’s sister’s house in Richardson. There were 15 people in attendance. Tuck said, “I shook the preacher’s hand and palmed him five dollars. That was OK back then.” Tuck’s mom had to sign for their marriage license because at the time men had to be 21 years old to marry without parental approval. While at the courthouse, they were given a gift of a wedding starter kit. It contained laundry detergent and other items. Vickie smilingly said, “Tuck loved that gift.”
When Tuck was repeating 11thgrade, he went to boot camp. While in the military, he realized he was smarter than he thought. He asked his commander if he could go back to high school, which he was allowed to do. Upon returning to high school he made straight A’s, whereas in the past, he celebrated a C. He said, “It was an epiphany.” Tuck became a teacher. He said the fact that he had repeated two grades during his school career made him a better teacher and more empathetic with students who were struggling. He said, “God was all in the works when I failed two grades.” He was a teacher for 34 years and a counselor for four years. Vickie was a clinic data assistant for Plano ISD where she screened students for certain illnesses. They are both now retired.
Vickie said what she likes best about Tuck is, “He is a Godly man and fun.” Tuck said, “She laughs at all of my jokes and she’s cute. She really is the rock of this family.” They have two daughters, two granddaughters and one grandson.
They provide valuable advice to newlyweds. Vickie said, “They should get marriage counseling from a Christian counselor so that they can become informed about what they are about to go through and not be blindsided. God is the rock of our relationship.” Tuck said, “Understand that quitting is not an option. You won’t find anyone better than what you did the first time if you did it under God’s direction.”
When Tuck was 18 and Vickie was 16, he told her, “I will build our house and everything in it.” In 1984, that’s exactly what he did. With the help of their two daughters, the Tuckers built their house in Murphy on Cherokee Drive and have lived there ever since.
They are now empty-nesters and describe that as a “really cool adventure.” They say their children and the adventures they have gone on are the highlights of their marriage. Tuck said, “It keeps getting better and better. She’s still that bouncy girl going across Melrose Street, she’s so dadgum cute.” They describe themselves as “Simple people with simple things and having such extraordinary adventures.”
The couple celebrated their 50thanniversary with what they describe as their inner circle. Their grandchildren gave them a party. Additionally, they celebrated by going on dates all that week. One of the dates was to use the free B&B Theatres movie passes Vickie had won from the Murphy Messenger.