Wife of veteran who joined Selma march 53 years ago shares love letter after ...

Deborah Newmark's voice cracked as she read aloud a surprise love letter her husband of 36 years left to her after his death last month at age 91.

Her husband, Dr Gerald 'Jerry' Newmark, was a white Army veteran who fought for Civil Rights and joined Dr Martin Luther King Jr's Selma march 53 years ago. 

He wrote to her: 'My beautiful darling wonderful special wife – a gift that came to me, I know not why but at a time that I certainly needed one.

‘You are not only my wife, but also my daughter, mother, student, teacher, worker, boss, and partner. How could one person be so many things – who knows? And together we live on. Obviously I will miss you. Please enjoy yourself for both of us. I will be watching.' 

Deborah, who received the note two days after he passed away peacefully in his sleep last month in their Tarzana, California home, told DailyMail.com that she was shocked to get his final love letter from his assistant.  

Army veteran Dr. Gerald Newmark (pictured with his wife Deborah in January) joined Dr Martin Luther King Jr to participate in the final historic march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery. He passed away peacefully last month at age 91. His wife told DailyMail.com that he left behind one last sweet love letter

Army veteran Dr. Gerald Newmark (pictured with his wife Deborah in January) joined Dr Martin Luther King Jr to participate in the final historic march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery. He passed away peacefully last month at age 91. His wife told DailyMail.com that he left behind one last sweet love letter

He wrote to her: 'My beautiful darling wonderful special wife – a gift that came to me, I know not why but at a time that I certainly needed one.' They are pictured together above at a casino

He wrote to her: 'My beautiful darling wonderful special wife – a gift that came to me, I know not why but at a time that I certainly needed one.' They are pictured together above at a casino

Pictured above is the full love letter that Newmark wrote for his wife which was given to her after he passed away last month

Pictured above is the full love letter that Newmark wrote for his wife which was given to her after he passed away last month

‘I just think, like, what a guy to write this,’ she said while tearing up. ‘It’s like knowing that when I do have a good time, it’s for the both of us. It was a beautiful impactful letter that he left to give me permission to keep going on and living life that will be enjoyed and stuff.

‘It was really great and I’ve been sharing it with so many different people in our lives.’    

In a March interview commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the Selma marches, Newmark told DailyMail.com about his experience going against his family’s wishes to join the historic fight for equal rights.

He said that he was inspired to join marchers after watching on television the violence unleashed on hundreds of protesters during what was later called Bloody Sunday in Alabama.

‘I knew this was going to be an important event. Things in the United States were getting worse and I wanted to be at the march,’ Newmark said.

Deborah told DailyMail.com that she was so shocked to receive the love letter he wrote. They are pictured together above celebrating one of their wedding anniversaries

She said: 'It was a beautiful impactful letter that he left to give me permission to keep going on and living life that will be enjoyed and stuff. It was really great and I’ve been sharing it with so many different people in our lives.’ They are pictured together above in the 1990s

Deborah told DailyMail.com that she was so shocked to receive the love letter he wrote. She said: 'It was a beautiful impactful letter that he left to give me permission to keep going on and living life that will be enjoyed and stuff. It was really great and I’ve been sharing it with so many different people in our lives.’

In a March interview commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the Selma marches, Newmark told DailyMail.com about his experience going against his family’s wishes to join the historic fight for equal rights. He is pictured with his mother Esther Newmark in his Army uniform

In a March interview commemorating the 53rd anniversary of the Selma marches, Newmark told DailyMail.com about his experience going against his family’s wishes to join the historic fight for equal rights. He is pictured with his

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