As another week concludes, we again take a moment to remember a few of the individuals who have lost their lives to the coronavirus pandemic.
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As the week comes to a close, we again remember a few remarkable Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
Margie Kidd was in her 40s when she went back to school to become a teacher. She had a gift for holding the attention of her kindergartners and first-graders in Ridgeland, South Carolina, and regularly said that learning should always be fun.
She'd wake up early, by 6:00 a.m. each day, and send silly memes to her daughters and grandchildren, along with messages of love and advice.
Just remember what I taught you. To become a better woman, you must believe in yourself, you must do better, and you will — must help others.
Margie was 71 years old.
Domenic Parisi started cutting hair in Sicily when he was 12. By 20, he had moved to the U.S. and opened a barbershop. For nearly a half-century, generations of New Jersey families came to Domenic for haircuts and good conversation.
Among his many regulars was President Richard Nixon, who came to Domenic for close to a decade after leaving Washington. Warm and kindhearted, the 76-year-old father and grandfather brought his family together for dinner on every Sunday.
Robert Washington Jr. was a sports legend in his hometown of Steubenville, Ohio, a member of Notre Dame football's 1973 national championship team. A hard worker, Robert took on various jobs, a blackjack dealer, truck driver, shoe shiner, and, most recently, a casino security guard in Chandler, Arizona.
Empathetic, supportive and positive, Robert's daughter said the 68-year-old always put family first.
Growing up in LaFayette, New York, Adeline Fagan loved to pretend she was a doctor. Fast-forward to medical school. The sociable student made it a point to meet all 144 of her classmates. She traveled to Haiti on outreach trips and, driven by her love for babies, surgery, and education, became an OB-GYN resident in Houston.
One of four girls, her parents said that Adeline was the mischief maker and had a silly streak. A best friend to her sisters, Adeline was 28 years old.
Judge Stephen F. Williams was both disciplined and free-spirited, his son said. Stephen followed in his father's footsteps to become a lawyer. And, in 1986, President Reagan appointed Stephen to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he served for more than three decades.
Stephen's wife of 54 years is a poet. Their son said his parents' shared love of language often came through in his judicial opinions. A loving father to five, Stephen's son described him as good-humored, easy-going, and curious. Stephen was 83 years old.
And we thank family members so much for sharing these wonderful stories about their loved ones. Our hearts go out to you and to all those who've lost loved ones during this pandemic.