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Widower of first COVID-19-related death in San Antonio reflects on a life lost

Widower of first COVID-19-related death in San Antonio reflects on a life lost

SAN ANTONIO – Allee and Doris Wallace were together for 64 years in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit San Antonio.

In their 80s, they both fell ill, but only Allee barely survived.

“They’ve finally used restorative plasma to control my body,” Wallace said.

But his wife, who was blind and suffered from an aggressive form of dementia, died two days after being admitted to hospital.

Army-trained medic, lab technician and photographer, Wallace became his wife’s caretaker.

When Wallace proposed to her all those years ago, he said her father agreed, on one condition.

“That’s all he needed from me to take care of her,” Wallace said. “I would tell people I was doing my best knowing I had to take care of her. Even that was a huge blessing.”

Wallace often said that his wife looked up to the ceiling when he fed her.

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He said he would ask her, “Honey, what are you looking at?”

Though she never told him, Wallace said, “I do believe she’s seen angels.”

Wallace, a prolific songwriter, captured that moment in words and music.

Wallace said he wrote, “God made his angels watch over us day and night. There is no need to fight, because his angels are watching us and protecting us.”

Before his wife was taken to the hospice, where they were hospitalized, he said, “I called her name. I said ‘Doris’ and immediately she opened her eyes and looked at me.’

Wallace said his faith tells him that despite her blindness, his wife saw him.

“She looked at me and smiled and closed her eyes,” he said.

Now from Thursday with 5,006 COVID-related deaths in San Antonio since March 2020, Wallace said, “Christ is calling many people home.”

Doris Wallace would be the first of many to follow.

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