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Husband and wife of nearly 60 years fight COVID-19 together, die days apart

A woman who recently lost both parents to COVID-19 is sharing their story in hopes that it will provide peace to other families who have lost loved ones.

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A New Hampshire woman who recently lost both parents to COVID-19 is sharing their story in hopes that it will provide peace to other families who have lost loved ones.

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Linda Barron lost her mother, Anna Barron, and father, Leo Barron, within hours of each other. She said she wanted to tell the story of the life they shared because, like many people who have passed away from COVID-19, they were not just a statistic.

“Every Saturday night, my dad in the suit. My mom in the shoes. Yes, they ballroom danced for over 25 years,” Barron said.

Their bond stayed strong even in their later years when their health started to decline.

“They got Alzheimer’s, dementia, at the same time,” Barron said. “They actually needed assisted living at the same time. So, they declined together, but their love shined through. Like, my dad always wanted to make sure my mom was taken care of.”

In April, Leo Barron was diagnosed with COVID-19. Anna Barron tested positive in May.

The two were eventually moved to a hospice hospital together, sharing the same room.

Linda Barron said even as her father battled the virus himself, he never stopped making sure Anna was OK.

“He fought and fought and fought,” Barron said. “He just kept saying, ‘How’s your mother? I love your mother. I love your mother.’”

Leo lost that battle on May 29, his beloved Anna died May 31 on what would have been Leo’s birthday.

“My mom and dad had the comfort of each other, the love of each other,” Barron said. “Their passing couldn’t be more beautiful, to be able to pass laying by the person you love and the person you were married to for 58 years.”

Barron said the support her family received from the hospital staff that took care of their parents really helped them get through this difficult time.

She wants other families that are going through a similar situation to know they are not alone in their fight.