“They literally did everything together, and while we’re shocked by that when we look at it, we also think it’s not that surprising because they were constantly together and had a lot of fun together in life,” said one of their two daughters, Joana Sisk. .
At first glance, the two were quite different: a retired nursing nurse, and she’s a fun veteran and a retired truck driver. He was the boss, and he was the king of the single ships. But the common denominator seen by everyone between Patricia and Leslie “LD” McWaters, Sisk said, is their true kindness and care for other people.
They enjoyed organizing pool parties together, attending family sporting events and dancing at the bar where they met.
“Pat was the most beautiful woman ever, and boy looked good in warm pants and go-go boots!” Sisk remembers his father’s saying.
But then Pat went to the hospital to treat a coronavirus infection, Sisk said. He was told to go home and isolate him, which he did. After 35 years in the medical field, he didn’t question the doctors, although he felt bad, Sisk said.
The following week, the couple went to the hospital again, this time with an ambulance. They were there for a week.
When they died of the virus, hospital staff said their time was too close to the call and they recorded the exact same date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 4:23 PM
“Those of us who know them know that Mom went first and said,‘ LD, it’s time to go! “Sisk said.
Sisk said he wanted his parents to have a different outcome in their illness, and although his family didn’t always take this as seriously as they do now, he stressed the importance of wearing a mask to keep the virus from spreading to others.
He specifically put the cause of their death in their obituary to draw attention in hopes of saving the other, ”he said.
“I’m so thrilled to have my mother, a nurse … that she’ll save lives even in heaven, and that means so much,” Sisk said.