Louisiana couple dies days apart from each other after testing positive for COVID-19, family says




A Bogalusa couple married for more than 50 years died after their family says they tested positive for COVID-19.

WDSU spoke with the children of Robert and Gwendolyn Francis. They said it is incomprehensible losing both of their parents in the same week.

They want them to be remembered as pillars of their community.

Robert and Gwendolyn Francis were deacons at their church. Relatives said Gwendolyn got sick first. She lived with lupus, was a diabetic and was recovering from a stroke.

She loved to cook and garden.

Robert had no pre-existing conditions. He loved to ride his bike, fish and hunt.

Their kids live out of state and could not be by their sides when they passed, relatives said.

“It just breaks my heart that I wasn’t there to be able to touch them and tell them how I felt about them,” son Robert Francis said.

“I know that my parents were married for 50 plus years and they knew each other their entire lives even as children. The one thing I hold on to is that their bond was so inseparable that they couldn’t even be separated in death,” daughter Debra Francis said.

Gwendolyn Francis lived to be 74-years-old. Robert was 76-years-old.

By: Aubry Killion

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