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Dallas mother and daughter die from COVID-19 virus hours apart

Posted at 9:38 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 10:38:59-04

DALLAS, TEXAS — Last month a Dallas mother and her daughter died from the coronavirus passing away just hours apart from each other.

Doris La Von Sims, a 59-year-old longtime cafeteria worker at the Frank Crowley courthouse in Dallas and her daughter Lakecial "Keshia" Tutt died from COVID-19 on June 9, 2020.

Keshia had just turned 44 years old the day before.

It is unknown how mother and daughter contracted the virus.

They each spent several weeks in separate hospitals.

Keshia passed away first, several hours later, her mother passed away too.

Colleagues at the courthouse remember Mrs. Doris as someone who treated everyone with respect.

LaFayne McCall, a courthouse employee, says, "She always had a big smile on her face. he was always nice and kind to you and when you left the cafeteria your day was instantly better because you saw Doris and she made you smile even on your toughest days."

At least six other family members have also contracted the virus.