Post by Graveyardbride on Apr 20, 2020 5:37:51 GMT -5
Sisters Die in Pandemics 102 Years Apart
On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, Selma Esther Ryan, 96, of Austin, Texas, died of the Chinese virus.
On April 3, Vicki Spencer, Mrs. Ryan’s daughter, received a call from the assisted living facility where her mother had resided for the past three years, advising her five residents were running a temperature and her mother was among them. “Over the next five days, I watched through the window as she got sicker and sicker. It was so hard to not be with her. Her 96th birthday was April 11. Our family gathered outside her window, but it was obvious that something terrible had happened.”
Later, the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Mrs. Ryan had tested positive for COVID-19.
Ironically, 102 years earlier in January 1918, Mrs. Ryan’s older sister, Esther, whom Mrs. Ryan never met, died of the Spanish influenza at the age of five in Hurnville, Texas.
Sources: KXAN-TV, April 17, 2020, and Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park.