Hudson - Bettie Tucker Sorensen peacefully passed away in her century home in Hudson, Ohio, on Christmas night, December 25, 2019.
Born in Winston Salem, North Carolina to H. Price Tucker and Virginia J. Tucker, Bettie had one brother, Price, also deceased.
She attended schools in Winston Salem graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
With a strong desire to contribute to her country, Bettie, an independent young woman, joined the Red Cross, became a recreational staff worker, and was sent to Japan. It was in Japan that she met the love of her life, Richard C.G. Sorensen, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute from Wyoming, Ohio.
After a whirlwind courtship, the wedding of First Lieutenant Artillery Liaison Pilot Richard Sorensen and Bettie Tucker took place on August 24, 1946, in the First Calvary Chapel in Osaka, Japan. Bettie wore a hand-embroidered silk eyelet wedding gown designed and made by the House of Elsa Schiaparelli in Tokyo, which she later donated to The Fashion School at Kent State University.
Following their service in Japan, the couple's passion for travel and Dick's job with W.R. Grace and Company took them to Venezuela. Bettie thoroughly enjoyed living there, absorbing the culture, and learning to speak Spanish fluently. On their return to the States, the Sorensen's moved to historic Hudson, Ohio, in August of 1965. They settled in their lovely century house across from Western Reserve Academy, where for years you might have found Bettie taking Spanish classes or conversing with Senor Fraser, determined to keep her language skills up to par.
Involved in the community, Bettie and Dick were founding members of the Hudson Country Club, where they enjoyed an active social life playing golf and spending time with friends. Bettie had extensive knowledge of antiques and enjoyed collecting unique items and using them to decorate their home. She was an avid reader and master bridge player in both women's and couples bridge clubs. Bettie loved to entertain and was a hostess par excellence. She enjoyed nothing more than gathering friends in her home for a dinner party or a little repast, always with lively, spirited conversation.
Most of all, Bettie was a staunch conservative, who loved her country. Prior to moving to Hudson, Bettie was a member of the Republican Club in Glenview, Illinois and upon moving to Hudson she co-founded the Women's Republican Club. Bettie introduced her pet "Belle Ringers" project to the Hudson Republican women who assembled campaign literature – local, state, and national – for disbursement to every household in Hudson by members and volunteers prior to election time. The Women's Republican Club provided this service for years.
Bettie and Dick were world travelers, having visited most countries once and many several times. Even in her later years, after losing Dick, Bettie took several trips and cruises solo.
Preceded in death by her husband Dick, Bettie is survived by her nephew, Larry Tucker of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Bettie will be remembered for her definite opinions and strong beliefs and will be missed for the life she brought to all those around her.
Please join us for a memorial service, September 13th, 3:00 pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Hudson, Ohio followed with a "light repast" to celebrate Bettie's life.
Posted online on September 06, 2020