Marie Tippit, Dallas '63 widow, age uncertain
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2021-03-06 05:23:02 UTC
The often-unreliable Salem Radio Network newsdesk is this hour reporting the death of the palindrome-surnamed woman, whom just about any American older than 64 or so vividly remembers was that OTHER not-at-all-First lady less-famously widowed on Friday, November 22, 1963.

(Well, I guess C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley ALSO each left a widow that day, assuming either was then married.)

I suppose the late widow Tippit was the one person in Dallas that day who could consider what was captured on and, in due time, would become known as "Zapruder frame 313" to be the SECOND-most unsettling occurrence that afternoon.

2021-03-06 08:13:10 UTC
Okay, here are some factual details those incompetents at Salem Radio News were too lazy to report (or probably even gather):

The late widow Tippit died Tuesday, March 2nd, in Sulfur Springs, Texas, from, alas, the dreaded Kung flu virus.

Now, I wouldn't have expected anyone at Salem to "report" the FOLLOWING, inasmuch as it is, granted, a flight of fancy:

Marie Tippit's late husband J.D. (and known by colleagues as same, if I recall correctly), instead of being murdered by Oswald aside the front-left fender of his patrol car on Patton Avenue--with a whole bunch of eyewitnesses in the residential neighborhood, near and afar--JUST MIGHT have saved Jack Ruby being eventually sentenced to death by The State of Texas (even though Ruby would instead die of cancer in prison)...IF Officer Tippit had been just an instant quicker on the draw on that antsy suspect Tippit first spotted hustling southeastwardly on foot, ordered to halt, and then lethally confronted in the Oak Cliff district of Dallas, a young man INITIALLY reported--at least by CBS News--as Lee HAROLD Oswald*.

* How many of y'all recall THAT broadcast news error on Friday, November 22nd?
2021-03-06 08:17:18 UTC
Oh, and the late widow Tippit was 92 years old when she expired in Sulfur Springs.

2021-03-06 11:50:12 UTC
Post by ***@gmail.com
(Well, I guess C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley ALSO each left a widow that day, assuming either was then married.)
Um, no. C.S. Lewis was famously a widower. His wife died in 1960.

From Wikipedia:

"The relationship that developed between (Joy) Davidman and Lewis has been featured in a television BBC film, a stage play, and a theatrical film named Shadowlands. Lewis published A Grief Observed under a pseudonym in 1961, from notebooks he kept after his wife's death revealing his immense grief and a period of questioning God. Lewis ultimately comes to a place of peace and gratitude for having received and experienced the gift of a true love."
2021-03-06 15:59:07 UTC
Huge thanks for that clarification; Lenona! Or more punctuationally-precisely, much thanks Lenona. !

I knew either Lewis and/or Huxley MIGHT have been wedded or widow(er)ed, but I also knew if I quit relying on memory and started fact-checking every one of the oodles of facts I try to cram into my mini-essays that I'd be spending an hour or two each posting. (Actually, some of the more asterisked ones DO require that much time to draft, edit and proofread, not to mention ensuring the, say, ****ed text proper ain't erroneously paired up with the ******ed footnote text!

Oh, and regarding your gracious answer in another thread to my inquiry as to whether such a msven of kid lit is an author YOURSELF under your Lenona. handle or some (other?) pseudonym:

1). Your apparent one-woman campaign to get kids away from screens and onto the printed page is, for my money, nothing less than NOBLY SERVING MANKIND--zero exaggeration. Now, I'm guessing you'll never convince ALL the billion-odd kids on this planet that they're hurting their still-developing minds by seldom reading off paper. But a few WILL, and you can take serious pride in knowing what you're doing two, three, four decades down the line for those future adults; you're AUGMENTING the lives of EVERY ONE of those kids you so reach, and in some cases, maybe even SAVING their lives, for as you know better than I, serious reading can seriously steer some kids away from a mindless future as a gang-banger or some just-uninterested-if-it-ain't-sports-dumb-jock life.

Sadly, meanwhile, that slowly-dying medium of magazines once offered many options; PLEASE, Lenona., tell me that the wonderful Highlights magazine is still in operation! (Though at the orthodontist's office each Wednesday afternoon Clayton, Missouri between 2nd and 4th grade [1963-65], whilst awaiting my teeth being further wire-worked, I never could find that dolphin I sure THOUGHT was hidden somewhere in each issue, just like those Highlights find-these-hidden-objects illustrations each issue challenged us to discern...because month in, month out, the editors on EVERY cover promised me "Fun with a purpose!" Yet EVERY MONTH that porpoise apparently just swam out of the issue! (I KNOW that comes off like a silly joke, Lenona., but it's also ABSOLUTELY TRUE--though instead of wondering where that elusive dolphin (or porpoise; didn't know they weren't synonymous back in 3rd grade) was, I should simply have consulted the Styble Bible [nowadays the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition, though in 1963 it would have been M-W's 8th Edition, pretty sure] and immediately been informed that the noun "purpose" had nuttin' to do with marine mammals.
2) Not only was I disappointed to learn you're merely a concerned citizen (and mother?) instead of a successful (or even un-!) kid lit author YOURSELF, but actually I was so jazzed about the prospect that I was actually gonna go BUY one of your published works, just as a vote of confidence! (Assuming I could still find an open bookstore; I eschew online book-selling on principle.)

Big Mongo
2021-03-09 22:27:26 UTC

Widow of Dallas police officer killed by Lee Harvey Oswald dies

MARCH 4, 2021 10:52 AM PT
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 in 1963, has died after contracting the coronavirus.

Tippit died Tuesday at a hospital in the east Texas city of Sulphur Springs after being diagnosed with pneumonia following a positive coronavirus test, said her son Curtis Tippit. He said his mother also suffered from congestive heart failure. She was 92.

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, said Tippit was “one of our last direct links to the personal pain 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 said.

At about 1:15 p.m. that day, Officer J.D. Tippit was on patrol in a neighborhood just southwest of downtown when he spotted a man walking down the street who met the description of the assassin.

Moments later, Tippit got out of his patrol car and Oswald opened fire, killing Tippit. Oswald, who was arrested a short time later at the Texas Theatre, was killed two days later by nightclub owner Jack Ruby during a police transfer.

In a 2013 interview, Marie Tippit said it was “just remarkable that I kept going” after her husband’s death.

“Without God’s help, I wouldn’t have because I just couldn’t picture how we were going to live without him,” said 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 broken from his usual routine and ate lunch at home, where his wife 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 me by letting him come by that one last time,” she said.

J.D. Tippit, 39, had been an officer for 11 years when he was killed. He and Marie, who both grew up in the same area of northeast Texas, were married Dec. 26, 1946, after he returned from World War II, where he served as paratrooper in the U.S. Army.

“He was a great family man,” Marie Tippit said. “He loved his work. He felt that he was helping.”

Her family said in a statement that “as much as you want to make her life a tragic story, you can’t because her countenance was joyful, thankful and generous.”

“She wanted to give, not be given to, she wanted to reach out and befriend, not wait to be befriended. She wanted to pray for you, not you pray for her,” the family statement said.

Rick Janich, family friend and a retired Dallas police officer, said Marie Tippit helped raise funds for families of officers who had been killed and also offered them advice.

“She would always spend time with them and just tell them: ’You’re going to be OK. You’re going to be OK,’” Janich said.

Marie Tippit married twice after J.D. Tippit was killed. Her second husband died of cancer, and her third marriage ended in divorce.

Her eldest son, Allan, died in 2014 at age 64. She’s survived by her son Curtis and daughter, Brenda.

In 2013, Marie Tippit spoke about a letter she received shortly after her husband’s death from another young 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 said.