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Mrs. Kennedy To Observe One-Year Mourning Period

Dec. 12, 1963 - Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy (pictured Nov. 25) plans to observe a one-year period of mourning and will have no public engagements during that time. There had been reports that Mrs. Kennedy would campaign for her husband’s successor, President Johnson, in next year’s election. The announcement that she would observe the year of mourning came today from Pamela Turnure, her press secretary, in response to this possibility. Before President Kennedy was assassinated, Mrs. Kennedy had planned to start campaigning for his re-election. Her trip to Texas was the start of what were to be a number of public appearances with the President. Mrs. Kennedy will wear black during the year of mourning, Miss Turnure said, as she has since her husband’s funeral. Miss Turnure also said Mrs. Kennedy and her two children would spend Christmas in Palm Beach, Fla. they had planned to do so when President Kennedy was alive. Mrs. Kennedy will be near the seaside villa where her father-in-law and mother-in-law, former Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, and other members of the Kennedy family will be spending their holidays. The 34-year-old widow and her children will remain in Palm Beach until the first week of January. They will then move into a new home which Mrs. Kennedy bought yesterday in the Georgetown section of Washington.


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