As US deaths approach 300,000, obituaries force Covid to be reckoned with

Dec 14, 2020 Travel News

As US deaths approach 300,000, obituaries force Covid to be reckoned with

After the death of Shirley Flores, postmaster and mother of three in Las Cruces, NM, her family noted in her obituary: “She died a very painful lonely death because we were not allowed to hold her hand and sit down with her. Please take Covid-19 seriously, protect yourself and those you love.

The obituary for Shirley Rowe, a 67-year-old Michigan resident, said she fought for her life after contracting the virus, but her body was under control by Covid-19. Ms Rowe was a loving grandmother and the life of every party, her family said, and believed she caught the coronavirus from a guest at her home.

It is our family’s firm belief that she would still be here if the restrictions had not been lifted so soon for society, and the person who gave her the virus would have taken precautions more seriously,” said they wrote. “This is not how my mother’s story should have ended.”

Judy Fuller, 76, of Blue Grass, Iowa, died of the coronavirus in September, after she and her husband, Ron, fell ill at the same time. Ms. Fuller was known for her bright smile, her love of fashion and the outdoors, and her dedication to her work of managing personnel at the hospital, where she worked for nearly four decades.

“Instead of flowers or donations, we are simply asking to take the Covid-19 virus seriously and spend time with your loved ones,” his family wrote. “Life is short, spend time with your family while you can.”

Mr Fuller, who is currently treating his son after contracting the coronavirus, said he wanted to send a calm but urgent message in the obituary.