Lula Mae Cooper-Redd

Lula Mae Cooper-Redd died of COVID-19 on April 9 at the age of 87. Her late husband was a minister and Lula Mae was known for being a very spiritual woman. She would pray for you when you needed it, and always had a good word to say.

She had worked for most of her life as a housekeeper in Ladue, and was enjoying her retirement being active in her church.

Lula Mae Cooper-Redd’s daughter-in-law’s mother, Carol Todd, died of COVID the next day on April 10th. Her son and his wife grieved their mothers lost to COVID-19 together, but apart from their church family, extended family, and friends.

Lula Mae is missed deeply by her extended family, many friends, and church family.


Carol Ann Todd

Carol Ann Todd was beating cancer when she was struck with COVID-19. She went to the emergency room feeling ill and never saw her family again. Carol died on April 10. She was 69 years old.

She had traveled the world singing choir and raised three children. She was a proud grandma and active in her church during retirement.

One of her daughters, Vanessa Trotman had just lost her mother-in-law to COVID-19 the day before on April 9th. Vanessa and her husband, faced with deaths of both of their mothers, had to grieve physically apart from family, friends, and church.

Carol Ann Todd is missed not only by her loving family but deeply by her church and community, and anyone who was ever fortunate enough to get to know her.


Reverend Carl S. Smith, pastor of New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church and 1st vice president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition

Rev. Carl Stanley Smith

Reverend Carl S. Smith, pastor of New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church and 1st vice president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition passed away on April 9 of COVID-19. He was 64 years old. He and the love of his life Geraldine would have celebrated 37 years of marriage on June 11.

Rev. Carl Smith preached his last sermon March 22 and shortly afterwards he and Geraldine started coughing. Because of a shortage of beds, they went to different hospitals. Geraldine recovered from COVID-19. As she wrote on a public Facebook post:

Never in a million years would I have thought that I would not be without my best friend, my husband, the love of my life, and the father of my children. I was not able to hold him and say I love you and till we meet again. It’s so hard, but everyday I feel him near. He’s in my heart, in my children, and his friends.
To all, thank you for the cards, parades of love and gifts, tears, and prayers. If there is anything the Smith family can do for you as he would have, we are here for you. Always and forever we share the memories of Rev. Carl S. Smith, Sr. He is at Peace.

Carl is deeply missed by his wife, children, his extensive family, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him in any way. He made a hugely positive impact in St. Louis and touched countless lives.

For a heartwretching tribute to Reverend Carl S. Smith, read the St. Louis Public Radio article in the sources below.


Carol A. Strawbridge, retired school principal

Carol Strawbridge St. Louis Covid19 death

Carol Strawbridge was admitted to the hospital on May 3, and died of COVID-19 on May 21 with her family watching 15 minutes away on Facetime as a nurse held her hand. She was 73 years old. Carol was a retired teacher and school principal, an active board member at the League of Women Voters, and taking all the precautions that she could to avoid catching COVID-19.

The much loved matriarch of her extensive family, Carol Strawbridge left an indelible mark on her community she helped, the kids she taught, and everyone who was fortunate to know her in any way.