WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when it’s related to COVID-19, and for many it’s a heart breaking fact that hits closer to home than anyone could imagine.
“He told me he loved me and I told him I loved him,” said Donna Blair, wife of Paul Blair.
Donna Blair and Paul Blair first met while working at Time Warner Cable, but she never thought they would end up together.
“Everybody kept making these funny comments like you guys fight like you’re married so I said I don’t think so long story short twenty years later we did become co worker friends,” said Donna Blair.
Eventually Paul finally won over Donna’s heart, and the pair got married in 2002.
The couple moved from Houston to Wichita Falls to start their new life together, but last Nov. things took a turn for the worst.
“Well he did come home started feeling sick on Sunday night after work and then Monday he woke up he says I don’t feel good and I say well that’s not good,” said Donna Blair.
After both Paul and Donna began to feel sick over the next few days, they decided to go to Electra Memorial Hospital.
“They tested us both for COVID and I said oh my goodness they kept us in the same room and they gave me a shot and told me as long as I’m breathing really good I could go home,” said Donna Blair.
However Donna’s husband Paul had to be life flighted to Houston so he could be put into an ICU room that had a ventilator.
That was the last time Donna would ever speak to her husband, because he passed away on Dec. 1st.
Paul Blair’s death impacted more than just his family, he also had many friends and touched the lives of those in the Wichita Falls and Houston communities.
“We would go once a year to the different residence homes and present these quilts to all the military that had been retired so he really loved if it was in the military he was all for cutting and making them,” said Donna Blair.
“He’s one of those people that come into your life and they change it and they make a difference in it and there’s not that many people that do that,” said Scott Hart, a friend of Paul Blair.
Donna says she has faced some financial hardships since her husbands passing, and has started selling some of his quilts and collectibles train sets to supplement the loss of income.
She also says what she’ll remember most about her husband is the love he had for other people.