Des Moines, Iowa — Dorothy Thompson spent 105 years bring joy into the life of family and friends. But just days before what would have been her 106th birthday, Dorothy died due to COVID-19.
“The last time I talked to her I said: ‘Grandma you gotta beat this’”, says Dorothy’s granddaughter, Val Thompson, “She said ‘I’m gonna try’ – and I know she did she tried really hard.”
Val said goodbye to her grandmother via Skype, unable to be by her bedside. Dorothy was a resident at Trinity Center in Des Moines. More than 70 staff and residents of the nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19.
Val says she will always remember her childhood on her grandparents’ farm, her grandmother’s award-winning recipes and the strawberries fresh from her garden.