Marie Tippit, the widow of the Dallas police officer killed by Lee Harvey Oswald about 45 minutes after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has died. She was 92.
Tippit died Tuesday at a hospital within the East Texas metropolis of Sulphur Springs after being identified with pneumonia following a constructive check for COVID-19, stated her son, Curtis Tippit, 62. He stated his mom additionally suffered from congestive coronary heart failure.
Stephen Fagin, curator of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, which tells the story of Kennedy’s assassination in downtown Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, stated Tippit was “one of our final direct hyperlinks to the personal ache and tragedy of the assassination.”
“She was this quiet reminder that the assassination, the pain of that memory, can still be felt right up to the present day,” Fagin stated.
At about 1:15 p.m. that day, Officer J.D. Tippit, was on patrol in a neighborhood simply southwest of downtown when he noticed a person strolling down the road that met the outline of the capturing suspect.
Moments later, Tippit obtained out of his patrol automotive and Oswald opened hearth, killing Tippit. Oswald, who was arrested a short while later on the Texas Theatre, was killed two days later by nightclub proprietor Jack Ruby throughout a police switch.
Marie Tippit instructed The Associated Press in 2013 that it was “simply outstanding that I stored going” after her husband’s demise.
“Without God’s help, I wouldn’t have because I just couldn’t picture how we were going to live without him,” stated Tippit, who was 35 when her husband was killed. “I just couldn’t figure that out.”
“I had three children that needed their dad, but he wasn’t there anymore.”
On the day he was killed, J.D. Tippit had damaged from his traditional routine and ate lunch at dwelling, the place his spouse fried some potatoes and made a sandwich for him.
“I kissed him bye, not realizing that would be the last time I would see him, but I felt the Lord really blessed by letting him come by that one last time,” she instructed the AP.
J.D. Tippit, 39, had been an officer for 11 years when he was killed. He and Marie, who each grew up in the identical space of northeast Texas, had been married Dec. 26, 1946, after he returned from World War II, the place he served as paratrooper within the U.S. Army.
“He was a great family man,” Marie Tippit stated. “He loved his work. He felt that he was helping.”
Her household stated in an announcement that “as a lot as you wish to make her life a tragic story, you’ll be able to’t as a result of her countenance was joyful, grateful and beneficiant.”
“She wished to present, not be given to, she wished to succeed in out and befriend, not wait to be befriended. She wished to wish for you, not you pray for her,” the household assertion stated.
Rick Janich, household buddy and a retired Dallas police officer, stated Marie Tippit helped elevate funds for households of officers who had been killed, and likewise provided them recommendation.
“She would always spend time with them and just tell them: ’You’re going to be OK. You’re going to be OK,’” Janich stated.
“She lived 57 years after losing the love of her life,” Janich said. “She wanted to keep strong for her family and kept her faith in God.”
Marie Tippit married twice after J.D. Tippit was killed. Her second husband died of most cancers and her third marriage resulted in divorce.
Her oldest son Allan, died in 2014 on the age of 64. She’s survived by her son, Curtis, and daughter Brenda, 67.
In 2013, Marie Tippit spoke a few letter she acquired shortly after her husband’s demise from one other younger widow, Jacqueline Kennedy.
“She said that she had lit a flame for Jack and she was going to consider that it would burn for my husband, too, that it would burn forever,” Tippit stated.