Kathy Rucker

April 19, 1945 - December 17, 2021
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On December 17th, 2021 Kathy Arlene Rucker passed away at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, after a valiant 15-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 19, 1945, Kathy is survived by her husband Danny, and sons, Roger Watkins (Indianapolis) and Michael (MaryBeth) Watkins (Naples, Florida) Also surviving areContinue Reading

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Gary Rosenberg left a message on January 29, 2022:
Kathy had a passion--dancing--and lucky for me, she loved to share it with others. Mary Etta told us that as a young girl, Kathy loved to put on records in the basement and choreograph her own dances around poles. Kathy was a master choreographer and no one--no body-- could choreograph as well as she. Moreover, she was a master teacher of older adults, and never patronized us, always holding us to our highest potential. Never did she treat us as less than competent, aging has-beens. Consequently, her classes attracted accomplished people with different life histories who were just plain fun to be with and who added many dimensions to my staid academic life. Many of these people became friends I never would have met in the academic world. I learned from being in Kathy's clogging class that back in the academic world we are all pretty much alike with a 2-dimensional perspective on existence. Kathy rewarded our learning with performances at or for church fairs, service organizations such as the Lions Club, the Indiana State Fair, as entertainment for the Indy Marathon runners, even twice in Europe in Frankfurt, at a Warner Brothers Theme Park near Hamburg, a shopping center in Denmark, at a weekend resort in Germany. The music she choreographed was country western and contemporary, anti gravity music and a departure from the pomp and circumstance of the academic world. "You do WHAT?" was everyone's response when I told them I was an Appalachian clogger. "You're going WHERE for Thanksgiving?" when I told my family I would be going to workshops at Opreyland in Nashville instead of family gatherings. Yes, it was all HOAKY, but an antidote to pretensions and the confinement of expectations. Our shared meals after our performances strengthened our bonds. It was a blessing to be in Kathy's world and I shall never forget Kathy and what she did for me.
Beverly Shelly left a message on January 18, 2022:
I only got to know Kathy for a few years, but she had a very big effect on my life. I always loved dancing, but the line dancing was so much fun under her instruction. Kathy was always helping someone in some way. I will definitely think of her every time I dance or even hear the music of one of our dances. She is definitely missed.
Paulette Wiley left a message on January 17, 2022:
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Paulette Wiley left a message on January 17, 2022:
I have never met a stronger woman. She gave me the opportunity to keep dancing for the rest of my life after having danced at a studio for 50 years. This is such a great loss for the dancing community.
Marie Lawlor left a message on January 15, 2022:
I don't know anyone who has had more of a positive impact on so many people than Kathy. She was also THE most inspirational person I ever knew. She made all of our lives better and we will NEVER forget her.
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MaryJane Frank left a message on January 15, 2022:
When Kathy suggested that I take up clogging, I was very surprised. (I was over 55) She saw ability in me that I did not even know existed. I truly love clogging and all the people involved it that. I feel so blessed to have been a part of her love for, and life in, the dance areas.
Constance I Palmer, Ladies of the Dance, Heritage Place left a message on January 15, 2022:
We thank God for placing Kathy Rucker in our lives at this point in time. She was a marvelous instructor and a beautiful friend who taught us the value of dance as we became older. She taught dance classes at Heritage Place of Indianapolis for over 26 years. Kathy truly encouraged and inspired all of us with her unceasing determination to continue this life's journey. She will be remembered.
Diana Schober left a message on January 14, 2022:
Kathy is going to be missed so much. Every time I dance I will feel Kathy with us encouraging us on. She gave so much of herself and gave a love of dancing that I will always be thankful for. When we dance, we will be dancing for her! She was an amazing person and such an inspiration. Kathy, I miss you!
Jane Bischof left a message on January 14, 2022:
Kathy's love of dancing was contagious. She was an inspiration to all of us as she continued to dance her way through life even during her illness. There are no words to express how much all of her dancers will miss her. ❤
Char Ferguson left a message on January 14, 2022:
I agree, every day I think of Kathy and that it’s not possible that I won’t see, talk, dance with her again. She was so amazing, I feel so blessed to know and have her in my life dancing or otherwise. Kathy you are missed, each dance step will keep you in my heart & mind. Thanks for the memories.
Bonnie May left a message on January 14, 2022:
A beautiful tribute to an incredible Lady. Her love and influence on so many cannot be overstated. She was all about giving, right up to the end. Our memories are full of joy because of her. Thank you, Kathy.
Carolyn McDonald left a message on January 14, 2022:
It seems so strange to go to line dance class without Kathy. Her talent in choosing music and dances and her personality will long be missed. Can't believe she is gone.
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