Founder of the Galilean Children's Home Youth Center Passes Away

By: Renee Charles Email
By: Renee Charles Email

After more than a quarter century of taking in children in need, one of the founding members of the Galilean Children's Home in Casey County has died.

Sandy Tucker died Monday at the age of 62 after a two and a half year long battle with ovarian cancer. Tucker's daughter told us today her mother's calling to help children will live on.

Through the years Jerry and Sandy Tucker went far beyond the call of duty and far beyond the country's borders to bring more than 800 children into their home.

The couple takes in handicap and unwanted children worldwide. Over 800 children have come through the doors, nearly 30 have been adopted by the Tuckers. There are nearly 45 children living in the home, many of whom need 24 hour care others just need a loving home and they found it at the home.

Tucker's daughter Becky Martin says her mom told her before she died that she wanted to make sure the Galilean Children's Home continues.

Martin says the Galilean Children's Home won't stop caring for children, but her mom's shoes will be hard to fill. Beck remembers her mothers words, "it's not the children in here we feel sorry for it's the ones that ain't here."

Visitation for Sandy Tucker will be Saturday starting at noon and Sunday beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Galilean Children's Home Youth Center. She'll be buried at the home on Monday at 10:00 a.m.

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  • by Ruth Ann Baker Location: Elizabethtown on Jun 21, 2007 at 07:46 PM
    May God comfort you and all your family-children during this time.......praying for you all ...and God will send help to you....
  • by Sherri Location: Maryland on Jun 21, 2007 at 02:09 PM
    I was a volunteer at the Galilean Home for 3 1/2 months last year. Sandy was going thru treatments at the time so I didn't see her often but when I did she always had a smile on her face. I remember thinking what a big heart someone would have to have to devote their entire lives to their calling as she did.. She was an amazing woman.
  • by lindsay Location: orlando on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:07 AM
    Sandy and jerry have done tremendous work for children. Sandy is my mother's cousin. I always heard about all the good work she has done from my mother (Sherri Andrako) telling me about her cousin. My prayers and my family's prayers go out to the Tuckers.
  • by Louie Location: Commerce, Mich on Jun 20, 2007 at 06:39 PM
    I met Sandy and Jerry thru her brother, Perry when they lived north of Howell, Mi.They were both kind and giving and fun to be around. Sandy and all of her family are in our prayers.
  • by BB Location: Stanford on Jun 19, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    From what I have read and heard about you all, you are doing a wonderful work for God. Keep up the good work and may God bless you. I am sorry to hear of the death of Sandy Tucker and I pray that God gives you comfort during this time.
  • by Amy Location: Morehead on Jun 19, 2007 at 09:55 AM
    I had the honor of caring for Sandy in the course of her illness. Never have I seen such great courage in facing her illness. She never complained about her plight and continued to care for others. She will be greatly missed.
  • by Kay Himes Location: Berea on Jun 19, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    We have visited the Galilean home, and what a remarkable work is being done there. Our church, Lighthouse Baptist, in Berea, has made several donations to this fine ministry. The Angel House is a blessing within itself. The employees were all so kind and informative. Sandy will be greatly missed by all those whom she and her husband Jerry has made a difference in their lives. God bless you Sandy, rest in peace. Our prayers go out to your family.
  • by Gale Location: Lancaster on Jun 19, 2007 at 05:43 AM
    Love and prayers to the family and friends. She was aawesome lady. We have visited the home and was welcomed with open arms. The work they do is a God calling that takes special people to do. Sandy's presence will be missed.
  • by Glinda Location: Elliott Co. on Jun 19, 2007 at 04:38 AM
    I had the pleasure of meeting Sandy personally when my daughters school went there for Christmas. We thought that we were the ones giving to them, and we did, but what we left with in our hearts far outweighed any material gifts that we gave. The children there were very happy and very well cared for. She was a wonderful person. I know that she will be sadly missed. I have a feeling that she is rocking those babies in Heaven. May God Bless the family and you are in our prayers.
  • by Rebecca Location: Georgetown on Jun 19, 2007 at 04:35 AM
    Sandy was a rare woman and our world was blessed to have her. Her kindness, concern and assurance was given to our family in a time when my young son was suffering ill health and I will always remember her for it. She was a beacon of light and goodness for everyone. What a beautiful soul.
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