“They were truly, truly a couple, you know. I mean, nothing could come in between them,” daughter Stephanie Walker, 40, told CNN. “And, unfortunately, Covid took them both within 46 hours of each other.”
They died a few days later in a Phoenix-area hospital — Sue on November 30 and Bob on December 2nd.
“It just happened very quickly,” Charissa Walker, Stephanie’s twin sister, told CNN.
Neither of their parents were vaccinated and they both had health issues, son Jonathan Walker, 42, said. He said his dad had kidney problems and other health issues in the past and had recently had part of his foot amputated because of complications from diabetes.
Jonathan said their dad had to go on a ventilator because of his condition, but his mom seemed to be improving — she was able to move around, walk to the bathroom and even asked for some food from Taco Bell because she was hungry.
She was able to talk and wave and make the I love you sign with her hand in a video the sisters took just 24 hours before she passed.
The siblings set up a FaceTime call between their parents, so Sue could talk to Bob and see how he was doing.
He said his mom just stared at the phone like she was in a trance when she first saw their dad.
“Then she kind of woke up out of it and was like, ‘Mate, you got to get better. We got to go home for Christmas, mate,'” he said. “I truly think that at that moment my mom’s heart broke.”
Her condition deteriorated and she died the next day.
Charissa said she got there in time to hold her hand as she passed.
“My heart just broke into a billion pieces, but I was happy that I was able to be there with her,” she said.
Jonathan said his parents were as “thick as thieves” and that they would fight, but he admired them for sticking together no matter how tough things got.
“My parents loved each other. There was no doubt about that,” he said. “They held true to their vows until death do us part.”
“Death didn’t even do them apart,” Charissa said. “And I just hope I have a love like theirs.”
The holidays were tough for the family.
They had their parents cremated and received the ashes just days before Christmas.
Jonathan said his mom’s present was still under the tree last week, Stephanie said she still gets the urge to call and talk to her parents, and Charissa said she’s still in shock.
Stephanie said that she hopes that people will take the virus seriously.
“Covid is real, and it doesn’t judge.” she said. “Losing one parent to this virus — it’s horrible — but losing two parents within a short amount of time is unbelievable.”
The siblings are planning to hold a celebration of life for their parents on March 1 — their mom’s birthday and their parents 45th wedding anniversary — at the church where they got married.