Mercia Bowser, who was retired from a profession working for Catholic Charities and the DC Workplace on Getting old, died Wednesday morning after she contracted COVID-19 after which developed pneumonia.
The mayor, 48, introduced the loss of life of her oldest sibling and solely sister in a press release saying she ‘joins the legion of angels who’ve gone residence too quickly as a result of pandemic’.
The heartbreaking announcement got here simply hours after Bowser confirmed 1,000 lives have now been misplaced to the virus within the capital metropolis and declared February 24 a day of remembrance.
Mercia Bowser (pictured) , the 64-year-old sister of Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has died of COVID-19 problems as the town reached its grim milestone of 1,000 virus deaths
The mayor, 48, introduced the loss of life of her oldest sibling and solely sister in a press release saying she ‘joins the legion of angels who’ve gone residence too quickly as a result of pandemic’
‘My household and I are mourning the lack of my sister, Mercia Bowser, who handed away this morning attributable to problems associated to COVID-19,’ Bowser mentioned within the assertion Wednesday afternoon.
‘Mercia was beloved immensely and will probably be missed vastly, as she joins the legion of angels who’ve gone residence too quickly as a result of pandemic.’
Bowser urged People to maintain ‘in your ideas and prayers’ all those that have misplaced family members to the virus and requested that she be given ‘time and house’ to grieve for her sister.
‘I ask that you just proceed to maintain those that have been misplaced or impacted by the pandemic and people who are working so laborious to guard us from it in your ideas and prayers, and I respectfully request that my household and I are granted the time and house we have to mourn the lack of Mercia,’ she mentioned.
The mayor paid tribute to her sister who she mentioned was ‘a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and buddy’ and who ‘labored tirelessly for kids, the aged, and people with behavioral issues till her retirement and past’.
‘She counted many buddies and fond reminiscences of her service to Catholic Charities and the DC Workplace on Getting old,’ she mentioned.
Bowser thanked the medical workers at Washington Hospital Middle who had cared for Mercia up till her loss of life.
The heartbreaking announcement got here simply hours after Bowser (pictured earlier this month) confirmed 1,000 lives have now been misplaced to the virus within the capital metropolis
‘We’re grateful to the docs and nurses at Washington Hospital Middle, who heroically handled her for COVID-19 associated pneumonia till her loss of life,’ she mentioned.
‘We thanks on your kindness and can share how our household will honor Mercia, my solely sister and oldest sibling, and her lovely spirit within the coming days.’
Mercia is survived by her dad and mom Joan and Joseph Bowser, 4 brothers, sister Muriel Bowser, nieces, nephews, and buddies ‘starting from St. John’s Elementary College, to Academy of Our Girl Excessive College, to Fisk College, and Israel Metropolitan CME Church’.
Mercia was the eldest of six siblings and was in highschool when her youthful sister, who she nicknamed JB Jr., was born.
The Bowsers grew up in a politically lively family, with their father Joe Bowser campaigning and being elected as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in DC greater than 4 a long time in the past.
Bowser declared February 24 a day of remembrance for lives misplaced to COVID-19
However, in contrast to her sister, Mercia selected to not observe in her father’s footsteps.
She attended Fisk College and as an alternative selected a profession working for charities.
When her youthful sister first ran for mayor in 2014, Mercia gently mocked her for happening the identical route as their father, reported the Washington Post.
Mercia would have turned 65 on March 7.
Her loss of life from COVID-19 comes simply in the future earlier than DC officers will increase vaccine eligibility to a broader group together with some residents aged 65-plus.
From Thursday February 25, residents who reside in precedence zip codes and are 65 and older, have a qualifying medical situation, and/or are a member of an eligible workforce will probably be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mercia’s loss of life makes her one of many greater than 1,000 now killed by the virus in DC.
Simply hours earlier than naming her sister as one of many victims, Bowser introduced the devastating loss of life toll.
She declared February 24 ‘A day of remembrance for lives misplaced to COVID-19’ and inspired homes of worship to honor the 1,000 killed at 6 p.m.
‘I hereby proclaim February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC as ‘A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR LIVES LOST TO COVID-19′ and name on all Washingtonians to pause and bear in mind greater than 1,000 neighbors, household, and buddies whose lives have been misplaced to the virus,’ she tweeted.
In a press release, Bowser wrote: ‘This tragic milestone is a reminder that this pandemic has perpetually modified households and communities.
‘Even when the pandemic ends, for a lot of, the ache and loss will nonetheless be there.’
Nationwide, greater than 500,000 People have died and 28.3 million have been contaminated with the virus.