Margaret L. Rucker (Noble) was born September 30, 1927 in Blue Ash, OH. She was saved at the age of 14 and immediately called to the ministry. At age 19 she was appointed assistant pastor to the Hazelwood (Blue Ash) Mission. She was ordained a minister in 1951 at age 24 and attended Keith Bible Institute in Tennessee.
While in Tennessee, she served as secretary for the House of God Home for Girls and chauffer to Bishop M. F. L. Keith. She also took correspondence courses with the Moody Bible Institute and attended Tennessee A&I (TSU) majoring in Business Administration. Rev. Noble served as General Assembly Recording Secretary from 1951 through 1953.
Upon leaving Tennessee, by the guidance of the Lord that her home church needed her, Rev. Noble returned to Cincinnati and became pastor of the church in Blue Ash, Ohio from 1954 to 1958, where she erected the first House of God Church edifice in Blue Ash. She became pastor again in 1975 to 2010 and oversaw the building of a new church edifice in Blue Ash. She also served as the pastor of Dayton, Ohio from 1980 to 1982.
Trial Elder Rucker was the president of the State Ministers Council in Ohio from 1980 to 1985. She became an ordained Elder in 1988 and worked as Presiding Elder over numerous cities through the years.
General Elder Rucker retired after 31 years from the State of Ohio in January 1994 as a Supervisor in Medical Records at Longview State Hospital. General Elder Rucker participated in the pilot correspondence course of the House of God in 1994.
In 2004, she was appointed State Elder of the Ohio Diocese by our fourth Chief Overseer, Bishop James C. Elliott, and in 2006 was appointed Trial Bishop and Presiding State Bishop of Ohio by our current Overseer, Bishop R. W. Fletcher. State Bishop Rucker served on the General Trustee Board and was a member of the Supreme Executive Council. She is known for being strict but fair. She enjoyed business administration and strived to make sure things were done “decently and in order.”
Tr. Bishop Rucker enjoyed playing games, especially Chinese Checkers. She would gather her niece and nephews along with her daughter for Saturday night game night. Game night would consists of frozen pizza, Chinese Checkers and a Bible Trivia Game. She didn’t believe in just “letting” you win. She told a young nephew, “I don’t care if you’re only 10. If you want to win, get better.” When her grandson came along, the same philosophy went for him.
Bishop Rucker would often carry the young people with her to Sunday Bible School Conventions or wherever the youth were going to gather. She loved the young people and wanted them to take living holy seriously.
Bishop Rucker departed this life to go home to the loving arms of Jesus on Tuesday, June 9 in the arms of her daughter and grandson.
Bishop Rucker was predeceased by her parents Zack Noble and Emma Leola Foster-Noble, four brothers – Robert Lee, Zack, Herbert, Joseph and one sister Helen.
Left to treasure fond memories are her daughter, Maureen Rhodes (Ron) of Blue Ash, Ohio, one grandson, Jalen Rhodes, one sister, Ruby Mae Lewis, one brother Sol Noble (Ada) and a host of nephews and nieces, church family and friends.