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Ms. Zaddie Pace Rucker

April 21, 1939 ~ January 5, 2019 (age 79)
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Ms. Zaddie Pace Rucker was born April 21, 1939, in Goshen Springs, Mississippi. She was the fourth child from the union of Fannie Ford Archie and Leroy Pace. She accepted Christ as a youth at Pilgrim Branch Missionary Baptist Church. At the age of eleven, Zaddie and her nine-year old sister Dorothy moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to live with their father. While in New Orleans, they lived in a large blended family of step sisters and brothers. They attended Tommy Lafon Elementary School and Green High School. Zaddie was very smart, she performed well in school and enjoyed a variety of sports. She has always had a lot of enthusiasm and was known to be "sassy". As a child, her nickname was Zip because she was very fast at everything.

Zaddie married and was the proud and devoted mother of three sons, Zaddie lived in New Orleans where she worked as a seamstress and later moved to Riverside California. In 1966, she moved to Washington, DC where she completed her education and did work as an insurance claims manager and did outstanding work as a pioneer for the early development of automation of the Federal Medicare insurance program. Zaddie enjoyed the cultural atmosphere of living in the nation's capital. In 1978, Zaddie moved to San Francisco, California, where she excelled as an insurance claims manager at a major hospital at University of San Francisco.

Zaddie returned home to Jackson, Mississippi in 2001, to take care of her elderly father. After her father passed, Zaddie decided to remain in  Mississippi. To fill the time during her retirement, she took on a position at Wal-Mart as a Greeter. She loved talking to the customers throughout the community. She moved and built a beautiful home in Pelahatchie with the construction help of her brother. Her dream was to have this home serve as the center for future family gatherings. 

Zaddie was an innovative, independent woman who used her self-confidence to promote her revolutionary ideas into action. She became the original "career woman" during a time when men dominated the work place. She was poised, graceful and had a keen eye for high fashion which enhanced her natural beauty. Zaddie was also known to be a wonderful cook with many dishes leaving you asking for more, especially her country crunchy cornbread. She loved gardening and designed spectacular floral arrangements. Zaddie valued all of her relationships with family and friends


Visitation hours will be Friday, January 11, 2019, from 12-7 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home, located at 886 N. Farish Street - Jackson, Mississippi. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Branch M.B. Church located at 4033 MS - Hwy 471 Goshen Springs, MS. Interment will promptly follow at  Pilgrim Branch M.B. Church Cemetery.

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