Eudora May Tucker West was born in a small house in Springfield, CO on November 8, 1939. She was raised on the Tucker Dairy on Tucker Road north edge of Springfield. She departed this life at her home on December 2, 2021, at the age of 82 years.
Eudora was the oldest child born to T.L. and Leda Tucker and has one sister, Jean Tucker. She graduated from Springfield High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Banking at Colorado College in Colorado Springs after completing high school. She also completed the State Training Institute’s “Family Community Leadership” seminar in 1991 and the Quality Business Leadership Program: Vision 21st Century – Rural America in 1992. She worked as an accountant from 1963 through 2020.
Eudora married Sherrill West from Walsh, Colorado on June 24, 1962, at the Springfield First Baptist Church and they moved to Loveland, Colorado to begin their life together. The union of Sherrill and Eudora produced two children: Victoria May West and Michael L. West. While in Loveland, Eudora worked at a radio station and shortly thereafter became the accountant for the 4th Street Baptist Church.
After 13 years, Sherrill and Eudora moved to Lamar, Colorado as part owner of her father’s trucking company, Western Transportation. Several years later they moved home to Springfield where they purchased the Princess Lanes bowling alley, which they owned and operated for 20 years.
While living in Springfield, Eudora was a champion not only for Springfield but Baca County as well. One of her passions was giving back to the community and county she grew up in. She was often heard saying,
“The people involved in state level government that I have met are surely tired of me advocating for Springfield and Baca County. It is my goal to support the needs and the assets of the people in the area when I am around.”
In 1991, Eudora dedicated her time to the Equinox Festival as the Chairman and continued working as a member for about 10 years. She was also a member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and became President in 1993 & 1994 and became Treasurer in 1995. In 1993, she was also the Director of the Economic Development Commission. Eudora also belonged to the Xi Delta Iota Sorority and the Pans & Needles FC & E Club where she actively served the community.
In addition, she also served as a board member on the following organizations:
- Southeast Colorado Hospital Board (18 years)
- Baca County Museum
- Advisory Board of CenturyTel
- Southeast Colorado Workforce Board – Secretary
- Southeast Colorado Agriculture Committee through SECED
She was also a Committee Member of the following:
- Downtown Springfield Improvement – Revitalization
- Baca County Project – Community Building
- Colorado Rural Development Council member since 1993
The honors that Eudora received include:
- Who’s Who in the West – 1986-1987
- Who’s Who of American Women – 1987-1988
- Springfield Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year – 1995
- Interviewed by Colorado Business Magazine
Eventually Eudora resigned from most of the community clubs and organizations where she had made so many contributions to over the years. Eudora and Sherrill spent more time traveling to Amarillo, Colorado Springs, and to visit her daughter and son-in-law in Castle Rock, Colorado where she enjoyed shopping and visiting. She also enjoyed several of her other hobbies which included reading, movies, and following family and friends through Facebook.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, T.L. Tucker and Leda Tucker, and several aunts and uncles. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Sherrill West of Springfield, Colorado; her sister Jean Tucker of Lamar, Colorado; her daughter Victoria (Don) Pawl of Castle Rock, Colorado; her son Michael (Tiffany) West of Springfield, Colorado.
She is also survived by three grandchildren, Tucker (Samantha) West of Midland, Texas; Bailey (Austin) Schroder of Campo, Colorado; and Madi (Kelby) Sharp of Sunray, Texas. She has four great-grandchildren, Kagen, Krey, Kandlyn Schroder and Elliott Sharp.
Eudora will always be remembered for her contributions and service to the community as well as her friendly nature with all she encountered. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 59 years and her family and friends.