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Remembering Chris Tripp

Homeless woman found dead Tuesday remembered for caring, selfless spirit.

A woman found dead Tuesday morning inside a recreational vehicle parked at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship church has been identified as Livermore resident Chris Tripp, officials said. She was 45.

Police said there were no obvious signs of foul play when Tripp was found deceased. The coroner's office has scheduled an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

Tripp's mother, Linda Nidever-Galles of Livermore, said her daughter was homeless, had a health condition and had experienced mild heart attacks the past several months.

Nidever-Galles remembers her daughter as a caring person that would never hesitate to help others.

Tripp also helped out and volunteered at the Open Heart Kitchen program, which serves hot meals to the area's homeless.

She also struggled with drug addiction and schizophrenia.

"Chris was a joy and a heartache all in one person," Nidever-Galles said.

"It’s a tough world and all you can say when your child is addicted is that you never get a call like this," she said of receiving word of Tripp's passing. "And you know someday you will, but that doesn’t make it any easier."

Sandra Chesterman of the Livermore Homeless Refuge said the community is shocked and saddened by Tripp's death.

"Chris was a very nice lady and was really trying to live a better life," Chesterman said.

Tripp is a 1986 graduate of Granada High and attended a culinary academy in San Francisco.

She is survived by her son, Christopher Tripp of Union City; her fiance', Al Roark of Livermore; her father, Gary Tripp of Portland; her mother, Linda Nidever-Galles of Livermore; her step-father, Harry Galles of Livermore; her brother, Cory Tripp of Livermore; and many friends and extended family.

A memorial service is being planned sometime next week after the Christmas holiday, Nidever-Galles said.

I wish so much that people could understand the homeless and mentally disabled people. Not be afraid of them and accept them as human beings who have feelings. Chris taught me so very much. The first is to be humble, accept life as it is and embrace it. Let people be who they are and not what you (a mom) wants them to be. She would give you the shirt off your back. One of my most frustrating experiences with her is she would say, 'I met so and so today and they really needed help so I gave them $2 of the $3 I had.' My response would always be: Take care of your needs. Her response: They were really in need of help.

What a kid.

—Linda Nidever-Galles on her late daughter, Chris Tripp

WendyW December 20, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I remember Chris. I was working at Open Heart Kitchen at the time. She would come in and volunteer with her mother. I'm so sorry to hear this. Chris really was a good person. My condolences to the families.
jewlie Burns December 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Ive known Chris and Cory both since grade school. I got to know Chris really well in the early 90's when we worked together at Jack in the box. I Loved working with her she always made it fun. Weve been good friends ever since. I will miss you girl
Nicole Souza December 20, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I remeber Chris and Cory we serve them every Friday and they always made breakfast fun and employable!!!! You will be missed but never forgotten!!!
Dee Hines December 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Chris was a Trip... She had a bubbly personality despite her challenges, she also had chatty soul. Lol :-). I would see her from time to time in a truck passing by or on her bike going form point A to B. I had a chance to work with this unique Human-being, who was filled with so much life. Good journey to you Chris - good journey.
Wendy Grant December 22, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Sad, my little brother Lee, scott burns were friends with Cory.
Ashley December 22, 2012 at 08:51 AM
I absolutely loved this woman. She had a heart of gold. When she did have a home of her own she would open her heart and her doors to anyone in need. 1of a kind. Rest in Paradise An gel

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