Cynthia Tisdale was married to William Recie Tisdale Sr. for 47 years, until she was cut down by a trenchcoat-clad gunman at Santa Fe High School Friday, NBC News reported.
A full-time substitute teacher and a server at an Olive Garden, Cynthia Tisdale was working two jobs to help her family make ends meet after her husband's diagnosis of an incurable lung disease nearly a year ago.
"I don't think I deserved her," William Tisdale said Monday, choking back tears. "But she was always there — through everything."
They had three children and 11 grandchildren, including three from her stepdaughter, whom she considered her own.