Eva's story

 

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January 2008

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Eva Camunez Tucker was born in San Angelo, Texas, April 9, 1911 to Reynaldo and Josefa Lara Camuez. She spent a lifetime paving the way for others to succeed, whether through her trailblazing career of firsts or as a philanthropist.

Early Years

She became the first Hispanic graduate of San Angelo High School in 1930. During the school year 1931-32, Eva attended San Angelo College and earned her teaching certificate. Mrs. W.W. Carson, her mentor, arranged for Eva to teach Hispanic children at Mertzon. Making $60 per month and touching the lives of countless children, Eva continued in Mertzon from 1932-1937.

Young

In January 1937 Eva Camunez took a position as teacher in the Hispanic school in Ballinger. She also served as the first Hispanic principal in Ballinger until 1942. During her stay there she met Art Tucker, an independent oil man.

During World War II, Eva worked as a mail censor in Brownsville and Laredo, Texas and afterwards as a translator for the State Department in Washington DC. She continued her work there until 1948 when, on December 30th of that year, she married Art Tucker.

The Tuckers lived in Ballinger for 14 years before buying a refinery in Lueders, Texas, north of Abilene. They lived there until his death in 1975. The next year she lost her brother, Noe Camuez, who was also an educator his entire career. Eva Tucker had the heart of an educator and took more than a passing interest in her students. She was an inspiration to so many along the way.

Philanthropy

Mrs. Tucker had a great influence on the education of countless young people, but none more important than the Up and Coming Scholars program, which she founded at Angelo State University. While her gifts have included numerous Catholic churches around the state and in other countries, her favorite has always been her church, St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Many worthwhile community and educational projects have been helped by Mrs. Tucker. These include the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, San Angelo Symphony, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, The Boys and Girls Clubs of San Angelo, Concho Valley Home for Girls, Hospice of San Angelo, Angelo State University, the West Texas Collection, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, and Meals for the Elderly, just to name a few.

Degree

While she has received countless awards and recognitions, she will best be remembered because she has dared to care. She willingly shared herself and her wealth with others. Of her philanthropy, she once said: "I am just being a good steward. What I have belongs to the Lord I only want to do the most good for the most people."

Up and Coming Scholars

Eva Tucker never lost sight of her humble beginnings. Her impact can best be summed up in the words of a former student, Dr. Geraldo Saenz: "Mrs. Tucker did not have any children of her own flesh. But from Texas to Maine, from New York to California, and many places in between, she has her Mexican children. We are the dark faces with uncombed hair from Mertzon and Ballinger. And to us she will always be Miss Camunez. And we say, muchas gracias, Mrs. Tucker. We love you."

Exaan

We are all fortunate to have known a legend of our time. Thank you for your life.

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The Art and Eva Camunez Tucker Foundation
P.O Box 4029
San Angelo, Texas 76902

Foundation

Here you can download Foundation Guidelines and Grant Application Criteria

Memorials

St. Josephs Church
301 W. 17th Street
San Angelo, Texas 76903

Angelo Catholic School
2317 A & M
San Angelo, Texas 76904

Our Lady of Grace / Carmelite Monastery
6202 CR 339 Via Maria
Christoval, Texas 76935

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
2001 Kirby Suite 902
Houston, Texas 77019

St. Ann's Media
(Eva's favorite TV Mass)
PO Box 111
Scranton, PA 18504

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
One Love Street
San Angelo, Texas 76903

San Angelo Symphony
P.O Box 5922
San Angelo, Texas 76902

West Texas Rehab Center
3001 S. Jackson St
San Angelo, Texas 76904

Concho Valley Home for the Girls
P.O Box 3772
San Angelo, Texas 76902

West Texas Boys Ranch
10223 Boys Ranch Rd
San Angelo, Texas 76904

Hospice of San Angelo
36 E. Twohig ste 1100
San Angelo, Texas 76904

Boys and Girls Club of San Angelo 1802 Lillie Street
San Angelo, Texas 76903

Meals for the Elderly
310 E. Houston Harte
San Angelo, Texas 76903

Mt. Carmel Hermitage
P.O Box 337
Christoval, Texas 76935

Sisters of St. Francis
934 Forest Ave
Pittsburg, PA 15202-1171

Or any other charity of your choice.