Essie Belinda Johnson died of COVID-19 on April 11, just two days after testing positive. She was 69 years old. She was known for baking the best sweet potato pies and being am amazing mother who had worked her way up at the United States Post Office from sorting mail to being a shop steward.

Essie Belinda Johnson died alone in a hospital, and her family mourned alone. Essie’s daughter Tawanda also caught COVID-19, going into the hospital 5 days after her funeral. Nobody could hug her or be there physically with her as she grieved her mother alone.

The only source that I found for this post was the tearjerking article on the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Sick alone, mourning alone: COVID-19 hits the elderly and African Americans the hardest in Missouri