LSU sweethearts die from the coronavirus days apart


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Martin and Amy Halleanne Shepherd had a love story covid-19 could not tear apart. The couple met in 1956 at LSU when they were 19 years old. Martin was a Catholic man from New Orleans, Halleanne a Baptist from Baton Rouge, without their parents approval they eloped in a few short months. They were married for 64 years. A few weeks ago they were both diagnosed with the coronavirus and died from complications just days apart.

Their four kids Mike, David, Marcie and Martina are struggling to cope with losing both of their parents suddenly and at the same time. They describe their parents as “inseperable.” “They would go grocery shopping and they would always hold hands. Just an old fashioned couple. Just the little old couple walking through the grocery store together, that was so them,” Marcie Shepherd said. Shepherd said she can count on one or two hands how many days her parents spent apart in their 64 years of marriage.

Now, Shepherd is replaying the last moments her parents were able to see each other. With both parents sick at the same time, Marcie and Martina were caring for each of them separately. As her father’s symptoms progressed Marcie said she received a call from Martina she will never forget. “She said put mama.. put mama on face time,” Martina said. “I knew that the probability was high that my dad might not make it out of the hospital,” Marcie said. “I just wanted him to be able to tell her goodbye, Let them see each other. Because that would be what they want. They could see each other and that was important to me. She could talk to him and say “I love you,” Marcie said.

The Shepherd’s believe their parents souls left together. “I think they died on the same day, I think on April 2nd mom had a major heart attack, dad’s numbers were good in the hospital, until mom died. He was sedated so there’s no way he would know,” Mike Shepherd said. Shortly after Halleanne passed, Martin’s vitals quickly declined. “If they were going to go out, this is how I would want them to go out. I didn’t want to have to tell dad about mom. I knew it would break his heart. We did talk about that.. who is going to tell dad? As Marcie said we probably wouldn’t have him very long,” David Shepherd said.

The Shepherds are heartbroken to lose both parents so suddenly but find peace in knowing they are now together forever. After taking care of their parents both Marcie and David tested positive for covid-19, both have since recovered.

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