COVID-19 claims grandparents just days apart


MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) — A family in Madisonville is going through the unthinkable. Two of their loved ones taken from COVID-19 in a matter of days.

Freda Woods met her husband Doug the old fashioned way.

“He did happen to go eat at the restaurant where my nana was a car hop and to my understanding it was love at first site on his end,” said Doug and Freda’s granddaughter Tifani Morgan.

Doug and Freda Woods. Courtesy: Tifani Morgan.

Doug was traveling the state and saving up for a trip out of the country, but after meeting Freda, he never left madisonville. The two Kentucky natives were married for 63 years.

 “They didn’t go anywhere without the other one,” said Morgan.

They lived together at the Ridgewood Terrace Nursing Home but were separated after Freda became very ill from COVID-19 and was taken to the hospital. On Sunday, Freda passed away at 85.

Doug and Freda Woods. Courtesy: Tifani Morgan.

“She had a very big heart, she loved big,” said Morgan.

Two days later, Doug also passed from complications with the virus. He was 90 years old.

“He would do anything for anyone. It didn’t matter who you were, where you came from. He was tough but I don’t know that my nana would have done well with losing him,” said Morgan.

Doug and Freda Woods. Courtesy: Tifani Morgan.

The couple’s story has been heard all around Kentucky through a Facebook post from Tifani. Governor Beshear also becoming emotional speaking about them in a news briefing.

“For Doug and for Freda, for their family and for all of the Kentucky families that are hurting today, our hearts go out to you and we will fight out houses green,” said Governor Andy Beshear, (D) Kentucky.

 “I just had no idea when I posted it that the Governor would be making reference to it. Even though grandpa would not like it, my nana would have been beside her self,” said Morgan.

Doug and Freda Woods. Courtesy: Tifani Morgan.

Spotlight or not, Tifani says both grandparents would be thankful their story is being used to protect others.

“Everyone who has passed away from this, it’s someone’s family and maybe putting a face with this will cause some people to take it more seriously. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” said Morgan.

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(This story was originally published on April 21, 2020)

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