Jovona “Jody” Tuck received her heavenly wings Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Jody was born on June 24, 1959 in Canton, Ohio to Ernestine (Brown) Tuck and the late Vernon Tuck, Sr. Jody was raised in Canton and attended Canton City Schools. She graduated from Canton McKinley Senior High school in 1977. That same year she moved to Columbus , Ohio with family friend Sharon Lucas to study accounting and business at The Ohio State University. In 1985, she became a mother to her only child, “the apple of her eye” Carmen Winkfield and in 2018 a first time grandmother to the love of her life, her “Boo-Boo’s” Camari Ragland.
Jody was a true champion fighter. In 1997, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and was declared cancer free. The following year she was diagnosed with kidney failure disease. The hypertension disease destroyed the functions of her kidney. Due to back to back medical diagnoses she took an early retirement from Bank One (J.P Morgan Chase Bank.) While working at Bank One, she met some of her closest friends. On May 23, 2003 she received the call of a lifetime. She was a match for a kidney transplant. The donor kidney withheld good condition for 13 years ( 3 years longer than the average). Jody was on dialysis for the last 3 years as the donor kidney began to fail. Due to the blessing she received in 2003, Jody was a registered organ and tissue donor and like the “true giver” she was, she will bless three separate families with the gift of her liver, lungs and eye corneas.
With her medical battles she still lived a full life. She never complained, wasn't bitter nor sad. She stood up to these battles head on and dealt with them like a true champion! She was always there for anyone in need. If you call, rest assure she is coming! She might come a little late, but nonetheless she was there, ready to help in anyway she could. She loved giving back and for many years volunteered alongside family friend Angie Hancock at the local food pantry. Jody was the mom all the kids counted on. slumber parties, extravagant meals (she loved eating) and transportation to and from anywhere they wished to go. She had a warm, beautiful smile that would light up any room she entered, an infectious laugh, and a heart of gold. Jody was simply that "It Girl," the "go to person," and "favorite lady" to everyone who knew her. A special bond that will be missed.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother Mark Tuck, Sr. and sister Lenora (Tuck) Smith. She leaves to cherish her memories; her best friend and confidante, her mother, Ernestine Tuck; daughter, Carmen Winkfield (Montez R.), granddaughter, Camari Ragland; daughters father, Dannye Winkfield; four siblings, Vernelda Brown, Deborah Tuck, Vernon Al' Tuck and Michael Tuck; sister in law, Cynthia Tuck; cousin/sister Stacia Sheeler; sister/friend, Gloria West; special niece, Chyna Broyles; cousin, Shondra Broyles. A host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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