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Tommie Jeanette Cox Triplett transitioned to heaven peacefully on October 13, 2017 at the home of her daughter, Donna Walker, in Houston, and is rejoicing with loved ones who preceded her to heaven. Tommie's life here began in Limestone County in the community of Prairie View near Thornton, on July 22, 1921. She accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior at the age of 13 in Mart.
She and her husband Donovan Asa Triplett were married in 1940. They originally lived in the coastal community of Clifton-by-the-Sea near League City, then Manitou Springs, CO, and the family farm near Thornton. A fire destroyed their farm house in 1956, and they moved to Palestine "temporarily" to work for the railroad until they could return to farming, but they loved Palestine and remained 61 years.
Tommie was a talented writer, poet, painter, photographer, and seamstress. Many remember her for the beautiful dresses and costumes she created for her family and the community at large, her paintings, or her poetry. We treasure her artistic creations which remain for us to enjoy. She also used her artistic talent designing outstanding window displays at Levy's in downtown Houston, and Beall's in Palestine, and taking wedding photographs in Palestine. She and Don were avid square dancers and round dancers in their retirement, and spent many winters in Harlingen as "snow birds", along with her sister Marcile, dancing with their many friends.
But, above all, she was a devoted wife and mother who always put her family before herself. God blessed Tommie and Don with four lovely and talented children over a span of twenty years: Donna who was in the Palestine High School class of 1959, Richard in the class of 1963, Timothy graduating in 1969, and Kevin in the class of 1980. A firm believer in the value of education, she encouraged all her children to pursue higher education, and all obtained one or more college degrees.
A loving daughter and sister, she cared for both her mother Wilma, and sister Marcile, in their later years. She was herself cared for lovingly by her daughter Donna the final nine years of her life.
Tommie was a woman of high principles and strong convictions, and once she knew the right thing to do she pursued it with determination. She believed all people were created equal, and instilled those same beliefs in her children. She loved her daughters in law and son in law, and was loved by them in return.
Tommie was predeceased by her husband, Donovan Triplett; her father and mother, Thomas and Wilma Cox; her brothers, Vernon and Douglas Cox; and her sister, Marcile Smith. She is survived by her daughter, Donna and husband Mike Walker, of Houston; son, Richard and wife Jane Klick Triplett, of Odessa; son, Timothy and wife Elaine Baldorossi Triplett, of Palestine; son, Kevin and wife Zahra, presently living in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. She is also survived by grandchildren, Lawrence and wife Alicia Tate, of Houston; Mandy Tate, of Houston; Mindy and husband Elod Papp, of Kerrville; Lisa and husband William Berry, of Midland; Richard and wife Laurie Triplett, of Los Alamos, NM; and Donovan and wife Misty, of Palestine; and eight great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 17th day of October, 2017 at the Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend David Watts officiating. Interment will follow in Palestine City Cemetery. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family one hour before the services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey& Foster Funeral Home.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Lawrence David Tate, Donovan Triplett, Richard Triplett Jr., Bill Berry, Elod Papp, and Marcus Walling.
To view online leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 16, 2017
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