Jeanette "Dixie" Tuckett, 105, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away on Tuesday November 9, 2021 at her home. Jeanette was born on May 21, 1916 in Rexburg, Idaho to John Hogg McCulloch and Ella (Petersen) McCulloch. She had sisters Cora, Grace, Lucille, Yvonne and a brother Stanley.
Her Father was a sheep rancher, State Sheep Inspector, and range rider for the Fremont Woolgrowers Assn. Jeanette enjoyed when the sheep were moved to summer range near Victor, Idaho where they would ride horses, hike, and fish. They made their own golf course with crushed cans for balls and sticks for clubs. In Rexburg they floated and swam in irrigation canals and had picnics at the nearby sand hills.
Dixie graduated from Madison High School and in her junior year she met her future husband, Henry at Pincocks Hot Springs and dated him through her Senior year. She then received a scholarship to Henager Business College in Salt Lake City in 1934, only returning home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. After graduation she had a job as a secretary for 5 years at Paramount Pictures in Salt Lake and lived nearby. During that time Henry attended Ricks College on a partial football scholarship. Henry would visit Dixie in Salt Lake and she would return home to see him. They also kept in touch with letters.
In 1937 Henry got a job with the telephone company in St. Anthony. Henry and Jeanette were married at his parents’ home in St. Anthony on June 25, 1940. After a honeymoon trip to the southern Utah parks, they moved to Boise where Henry was then working. Dixie did secretarial work for the telephone company until she became pregnant with a daughter, Susan Jean born on November 9, 1943. During WWII Henry was the telephone manager at Mountain Home AFB. Later becoming manager in Gooding and Hailey, Idaho where a daughter, Linda Carol was born on February 9, 1946 followed by a son, Robert Garn on July 29, 1952. When Robert was one year old Henry was transferred to Pocatello as a Repair Forman of phone installers and buried cable crews. Their second son, Kerry John was born on October 28, 1954.
The family vacations were to Island Park, tent camping until they got a small camp trailer.
When Susan was old enough to tend her siblings, Dixie took up golf as Henry had, enjoying Ladie's Days at the local courses for many years.
After Henry retired in 1976, they became Snow Birds and went south to Palm Springs, Ca. and Apache Jct. Az. A larger trailer was then used for winters in Yuma, Az. at RV parks where they enjoyed the activities like dancing, parties, golfing, and swimming.
In 1985 they bought a lot in Shotgun in Island Park, installed utilities for their trailer, and spent summers camping and fishing with family who also parked there.
A 50th Anniversary Celebration was held in Pocatello on June 9, 1990 at the Cattle Baron restaurant.
After Henry passed away on June 27, 2007 Dixie would go to the Senior Center for lunch and enjoyed her friends there. She later watched sports, especially golf, on TV.
She had 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter.
The family would like to give our heartfelt thanks to Linda, who lived with and cared for her these last five years, allowing mom to stay safe at home.
There will be a viewing Saturday November 13th at Cornelison Funeral Home 431 N. 15th in Pocatello at 1:00 PM followed by a service at 2:00 PM with the interment at Restlawn Memorial Gardens on S. 5th Ave, in Pocatello.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com