In Chicago, a community mourns a grandmother lost to COVID-19
Florence Bolton, a COVID-19 patient on Dec. 2, is seen in an open casket at her viewing at Zion Evangelical Lumore
On Dec. 1, 2020, at 4:40 p.m., Roseland Community Hospital nurse Alma Abad entered the isolation room of COVIDmore
Florence lay on her intensive care bed, covered in blankets. Her grandchildren, Sammie Michael Dent, Jr., and more
Less than 24 hours later, Florence Bolton, 86, was pronounced dead. So beloved was she in her local community more
Florence Bolton had been married for over 60 years to Raymond Dewitt Bolton Sr. They lived together in the Rosmore
Florence and Raymond (pictured being pushed in his wheelchair by her open casket) were the first African-Amerimore
To her family and friends, she was the matriarch that had suffered through hard times in the South Side but almore
The first sign that something was not right was when grandson Sammie Michael Dent, Jr. (pictured), noticed Gramore
Through November, Florence continued to feel unwell. On Nov. 27 Sammie called an ambulance and she was transpomore
Mary J. Lovett leaves the viewing for Florence. State regulations to stop the spread of the coronavirus meant more
"My phone has been ringing off the hook with people expressing their condolences," said Sammie (pictured walkimore
A small group of close family and friends were present at the graveside as she was laid to rest. REUTERS/Shanmore
The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, which had been closed since July 2019 following years of economic troublmore
"Last night, I had to dress the altar for the last time; this congregation ceased to exist in July," he said. more
The casket for Florence Bolton is moved after her funeral at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. REUTERS/Shannonmore
Florence's grandson Sammie Michael Dent, Jr. carries her casket into Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. REUTERSmore
Rhonda Vassel, 57, looks down through the hearse of Florence Bolton after her funeral. REUTERS/Shannon Stapletmore
The casket for Florence Bolton is moved after her funeral. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Pastor Matthew Schettler of Resurrection Lutheran Church lays his hand on Florence's casket during her burial more
Tamara Tucker throws a rose on the casket of her grandmother Florence Bolton. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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