More than 530,000 American lives have been lost to COVID-19 as the pandemic continues to affect the country. As we do every Friday, we shine the spotlight on five amazing lives that were lost to COVID-19.
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And finally tonight, as we do each Friday during the pandemic, we take a moment to share the stories of five individuals we have lost to COVID-19.
No home improvement job was too daunting for Teresa Trigg, her daughter told us. That strong work ethic had its beginnings in Belleville, Illinois, where Teresa grew up before moving to Arizona.
She was a single working mom, and her daughter said she would often work a 12-hour day and still make it to her softball games. Teresa loved taking care of people, painting neighbors' homes and building wheelchair ramps. Teresa was 66.
Fifty-five-year-old Anthony "Darnell" Davis used his voice for singing, and he encouraged others to use their voices to speak the truth, his niece told us. Born in Painesville, Ohio, Darnell went on to be the first African-American firefighter in the county. He served for 24 years, before retiring, mentoring many along the way.
He started singing with his brothers in church, and people called them the Davis Five. Darnell's niece said he lived by the adage, "What's mine is yours."
Sixty-nine-year-old Deb Trance Mordecai (ph) was a real people person, her family told us. That quality served her well in her customer service roles at United Airlines, where she worked for 47 years. Her job helped feed her passion for travel.
Born in Queens, New York, she loved to sing and play guitar on the family stoop. Her husband, Glen (ph), was her dance partner for 39 years, and her brother said she was often the first and last person on the dance floor.
Since the 1940s, the sounds of Chencho Flores' accordion filled the Austin, Texas, air. Chencho played traditional conjunto, a style unique to Texas, with its roots in working-class Mexico. His family told us Chencho was mostly self-taught.
His love for music was surpassed only by his love for family. To support them, he spent 37 years driving a cement truck. In his spare time, he loved gardening and fishing and passing on his musical talents to younger generations. Chencho was 91.
Marjorie Jacoby, who went by Margy, was a vibrant, graceful do-gooder, her daughter said. She came from a family of pharmacists in Philadelphia. At Penn State, she studied education and met her husband, Daniel. She worked her way up in the world of elder care with her kind hearted and humble ways, helping families through some of life's hardest transitions.
Friends told us it was the 71-year-old's children and grandchildren who were the lights of her life.
And our thanks to family members who shared these stories with us. Our hearts go out to you, as they do to everyone who has lost a loved one in this pandemic.