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Betty L. Rucker of Cheektowaga, who was a woman pioneer in the teaching of driver's education in the area, died Monday (Sept. 6, 1999) at Buffalo General Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 74.

Mrs. Rucker was born in South Park, Pa., but spent most of her life in the Cleveland Hill neighborhood. She was a graduate of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Johnstown, Pa.

In the 1960s and 1970s she became involved in teaching driver's education, both automobiles and trucks. She eventually became sole owner of Masters Driving School in Niagara Falls and also had a training center in Cheektowaga.

Mrs. Rucker had contracts with several Western New York schools to teach young drivers. In her later years, when her students were calling her "Granny Rucker," she changed careers and became a medical office manager until she retired 12 years ago.

She enjoyed her pet dogs and also was know as a great "Pennsylvania Dutch" cook, preparing meals with a "handful of this, pinch of this, dash of that and season to taste."

Survivors include two sons, David of Lancaster and Wayne of Cheektowaga; a sister, Shirley Marshall of Lockport; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today in Sauer-Lynett Amigone Funeral Home on Kensington Road near Harlem Avenue. Burial will be in Acacia Park and Resthaven Memorial Gardens in North Tonawanda.


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