Laurel Land comps future burial costs for J.D. Tippit widow after mix-up

Marie Tippit visits her husband’s grave every Nov. 22, the anniversary of his death, and she isn’t the only one. Visitors from all over the world come to pay their respects to J.D. Tippit, the Dallas Police officer killed at the hands of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Now, thanks to action taken by Laurel Land Funeral Home’s parent company, visitors will be able to pay their respects to the entire Tippit family.

Photo from J.D. Tippit’s murder scene (Courtesy of the Sixth Floor Museum)

The Dallas Morning News recently helped resolve a conflict between Marie Tippit and the cemetery. Tippit, who is 89, was told she might not be buried next to her husband. Laurel Land had planned a memorial garden around Tippit’s grave that never came to be, according to the newspaper. That could explain why the cemetery had the land around her husband’s grave on hold when Tippit’s oldest son, Alan, died in 2014.

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Photo from the dedication of the J.D. Tippit Historical Marker

Once alerted to the problem, Houston-based Dignity Memorial, which owns Laurel Land, told Marie Tippit that she and her surviving children would be buried next to J.D. Tippit at no charge.

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Marie Tippit with her children Brenda (center) and Curtis (right)

J.D. is still the “love of my life,” Tippit told Daily Mail in a 2013 interview. “He was such a loving person. We went to church together; we would read The Bible together.” And now, they can be buried together.

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