TUPPER, Rita Jeanette

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Last Name
 
TUPPER
Given Names
 
Rita Jeanette
AKA's
 
Lenin, Rita
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
6/14/1933
Age at Death
 
45
Place of Birth
 
Onawa, Iowa
Residence (US)
 
Redwood Valley, California 95470
Residence (JT)
 
Cottage 46
Residence (JT) Abbreviated
 
C46
Religion
 
Race
 
Caucasian
Gender
 
Female
Information on __Source of Death
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Body Identification Number
 
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
housewife (PT occupation record)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Government Income
 
Entry in Guyana
 
7/17/1977
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Planning Commission; Censor (FBI document 89-4286-1207)
Birth Mother
 
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Children
 
Janet Marie Tupper aka Janet Lenin; Larry Howard Tupper; Mary Elizabeth Tupper aka Mary Lenin; Ruth Ann Tupper; Timothy Tupper aka Timothy Glenn Tupper Jones, Tim (Day) Jones (adopted by Jim & Marceline Jones)
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Family Tree
 
Discrepancies
 
Remembrances
 
“Rita Tupper and her five children arrived in Ukiah in 1970 or 1971 like refugees from a shipwreck. The four of them I knew--her oldest, Ruth, 22, her youngest, Larry, 13, Mary, 17 and Janet, 15-- were like Rita: remarkable in their honesty and unaffected manner from the get-go, a breath of fresh air even in our rarified (we thought) atmosphere. It was never said, and I never asked, what crisis spurred their arrival, but as with the coming of Jim's daughter Agnes and her family that year, the Tuppers seemed to fit like a glove into our culture and were immediately at home there. Jim and Marcie adopted Rita's oldest son, Tim, who was the same age as Stephan Jones. Tim was the only member of Rita's family to survive the holocaust, by being in Georgetown with the basketball team. Rita was a stolid, sensible, sometimes taciturn woman who held a trusted position in Jonestown. It was she (and those she selected to assist her) who typed long memoranda for Jim Jones containing statements he had assigned all the residents of Jonestown to write, adding "call-outs" to highlight responses (either positive or negative) that stood out, for his attention. She was also one of a few persons who could deliver messages directly to Jim from residents who wanted to write to him. She and her children were unforgettable, and will be always missed and remembered. One of a kind.” - Kathryn Barbour