Memorial to Kansas COVID victim who died in isolation blasts anti-maskers

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An obituary of an 81-year-old man who died after being diagnosed with COVID-19 criticizes people who refused to wear masks, saying his last days were “harder, scarier and lonelier” than ever.

Marvin James Farr, M.D. of Scott City, Kansas, died on December 1 at Park Lane Nursing Home. He was a farmer and veterinarian and graduated from Kansas State University in 1968.

According to a Facebook posting by his son Courtney Farr, he has been in isolation since Thanksgiving.

Dr. Farr’s obituary, published on the Price & Sons Funeral Home website, states that he was infected with COVID-19 “before his death by more than 260,000 Americans.

“He died in a room that was not his own and was cared for by people dressed in confusing and frightening ways,” it says. “He died with COVID-19, and his last days were harder, more frightening, and lonelier than necessary. He was not surrounded by friends and family.”

The obituary compares how the attitude of society has changed since Farr’s birth in 1939.

“He was born into an America that was recovering from the Great Depression and was on the verge of World War II, a time of loss and sacrifice that is hard for most of us to imagine,” the Post says.

“Americans would be called upon to ration essential supplies and send their children all over the world to fight and die in wars of unimaginable destruction. He died in a world where many of his fellow Americans refuse to wear a piece of cloth on their faces to protect each other.

It continues: “His career filled his life with an understanding of the science of life: how to nurture it, how to maintain it, and the myriad ways that life can go wrong. As a young man he debated between studying mortuary and veterinary science. He chose life over death.

“The science that determined his professional life has been belittled and abandoned by so many of the same people who relied on his knowledge to care for their animals and raise their food.

Courtney Farr said in a separate Facebook post that he wanted to write something positive, but he was “grieving and angry” about how his father died.

“My father Marvin died yesterday. I would like to share or post something positive about him, but the reality is that I’m not able to do so right now. I am grieving and angry about how he died.

“He tested positive for COVID-19 last week and has been in isolation since Thanksgiving. The staff at Park Lane Nursing Home are doing an incredible job of caring for their residents during an incredibly difficult time.

He added: “I spent most of this year listening to people from my hometown talking about how this disease is not real, that it is not so bad that it only kills old people, that masks don’t work, etc. And because of the prevalence of these attitudes, my father’s death was so much harder than it should have been for him, his family and his caregivers. Therefore, this obituary is written “as it is”.

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 13,822,249 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. To date, there have been 272,525 deaths.

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