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Couple married for 50 years die hours apart after battling COVID-19, daughter says – KCCI Des Moines

A Georgia couple married 50 years died of COVID-19 hours apart on Thanksgiving Day.The husband’s mother had just died weeks earlier — with the same diagnosis.Karen Kirby, the couple’s daughter, took a picture of her parents side by side in the intensive care unit.Willard and Wilma Bowen from Douglasville, Georgia, were married for 50 years.Willard, an antique dealer, died first. Wilma Gail, a school nurse, died a few hours later.Kirby said they both had COVID. “I’m just so thankful. So thankful that their bodies are healed, and while we’re struggling down here, … they’re not,” Kirby said. “They’re okay.””When she realized that he wasn’t going to come home, she also — she decided that she wanted to be with him in eternity,” Kirby said.She said she doesn’t think her mother got infected from the coronavirus at school.The 70-year-old had been off since early November to grieve her mother-in-law’s death.Kirby isn’t sure where her parents got sick, but she finds comfort knowing that they are together.”Dad was probably standing at the gate saying, ‘Come on, Gail. Let’s go,'” Kirby said. “‘I’m waiting on you.'”

A Georgia couple married 50 years died of COVID-19 hours apart on Thanksgiving Day.

The husband’s mother had just died weeks earlier — with the same diagnosis.

Karen Kirby, the couple’s daughter, took a picture of her parents side by side in the intensive care unit.

Willard and Wilma Bowen from Douglasville, Georgia, were married for 50 years.

Willard, an antique dealer, died first. Wilma Gail, a school nurse, died a few hours later.

Kirby said they both had COVID.

“I’m just so thankful. So thankful that their bodies are healed, and while we’re struggling down here, … they’re not,” Kirby said. “They’re okay.”

“When she realized that he wasn’t going to come home, she also — she decided that she wanted to be with him in eternity,” Kirby said.

She said she doesn’t think her mother got infected from the coronavirus at school.

The 70-year-old had been off since early November to grieve her mother-in-law’s death.

Kirby isn’t sure where her parents got sick, but she finds comfort knowing that they are together.

“Dad was probably standing at the gate saying, ‘Come on, Gail. Let’s go,'” Kirby said. “‘I’m waiting on you.'”

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