Five children, including a newborn baby, are without both parents after their mother and father die of COVID-19.
Terri Serey described her sister-in-law Davy Macias, a nurse at Kaiser Permanente Fontana, as a super mother.
“She went to work, came home and every part of her day was about her children,” she said.
Pregnant and unvaccinated, Macias died last month. Fortunately, her newborn survived.
“We call her baby Macias because she doesn’t have a name,” Serey said.
She says they have waited several weeks since Macias died for her husband Daniel to name their fifth child.
But he had also fought COVID-19 in the intensive care unit and died on Thursday
The kids are at their grandparents’ house and they are still asking for “mom and dad,” Serey said.
The heartbreak can be felt in Rialto, where both graduated from high school.
Daniel followed in his mother’s footsteps and became a teacher at William Jehue Middle School, which is opposite the school his mother taught before she retired.
“Our staff and students are simply heartbroken over the loss of Mr. Macias,” said Carolyn Eide, the headmistress.
He was a math teacher and math coach in eighth grade for almost 20 years.
“Very intelligent, able to look at complex situations and break them down into meaningful solutions,” said Eide.
Because of this, he was also Jehue’s Avid coordinator, helping students prepare for college.
It was also an important reason why Jehue is an award-winning school.
“His legacy will live on in the students, the thousands of students to whom he has taught quality instruction,” said Syeda Jafri, a spokeswoman for the Rialto Unified School District. “It’s something we have to look at in the sense that life is very short and very unpredictable.
“This pandemic is not over yet and this is a non-discriminatory virus.”