Gene and Shirley May

Gene and Shirley May, seen here with their granddaughter Chelsea Wood, died three days apart this month after testing positive for COVID-19. Content Exchange

They weren’t showing symptoms, but Gene and Shirley May got tested as a precaution after an employee came down with COVID-19 at their assisted-living center in Grove, two hours northeast of Tulsa.

The couple hardly ever left their own private suite, where 85-year-old Shirley suffered from dementia and 87-year-old Gene was fighting pneumonia. Only a handful of people went inside. And the infected employee, as far as anyone could tell, never came into contact with them.

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