Family blames unvaxxed for family member’s death in obituary, complains tragedy made too ‘political’

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The family of an Illinois woman who died from the coronavirus despite being vaccinated is using her obituary to blame the unvaccinated for her fate.

“Candace Cay (Kruger) Ayers, 66, of Springfield, passed away on September 3, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was preceded in death by more than 4,531,799 others infected with covid-19. She was vaccinated but was infected by others who chose not to be. The cost was her life,” the obituary reads.

According to The State Journal-Register, Ayers was vaccinated in the spring yet diagnosed with the coronavirus on July 28th.

She died months later on Sept. 3rd, angering her husband and children so much that they felt compelled to insert a political statement into her obituary.

A factually inaccurate one, to boot.

(Source: Dignity Memorial)

“While vaccinated people continue to enjoy much greater protection from infection or serious COVID-19 illness than the unvaccinated, it’s now clear that even those who have gotten their shots can still contract and spread the virus,” the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month.

Confirmation was provided by Los Angeles County public health director Barbara Ferrer.

“One thing is for sure: Vaccinated people can get infected, and they can transmit to other vaccinated people,” she reportedly said.

And so to assume that Ayers contracted the coronavirus from an unvaccinated person is wrong, though not surprising.

She herself was reportedly a COVID zealot who’d been among those who believe the vaccinated must be protected from the unvaccinated.

She was also reportedly a mask “Karen.”

“It bothered Candace Ayers that so many people in Springfield and across the country doubted the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, wouldn’t wear masks or practice social distancing and later refused to get vaccinated,” according to the Journal-Register.

Her family are reportedly also COVID zealots.

“We are a family that believes in science. We believe in masks, and we believe in vaccines,” her son, Marc Ayers, told CNN.

Despite being the one to inject factually inaccurate politics into his mother’s obituary, Marc also maintains that it’s everybody else who’s politicized COVID.

“This whole thing is so preventable. People have politicized this and made it about politics. These are the people who have perpetuated the cycle of pain for our family and so many others,” he told the Journal-Register.

“Ayers, a Springfield resident who is Illinois director of The Humane Society of the United States, said it’s the fault of the unvaccinated that COVID-19 restrictions are going back into place and hospitals are filling up again,” according to the paper.

Yet he couldn’t even specify when exactly his mom contracted the virus.

“And though he thinks his mother probably was infected on a driving trip to Mississippi in mid-July, he said she may have been infected in Springfield or on the way to Mississippi or back,” the Journal-Register noted.

The family’s bold but inaccurate stance has angered some in the public, leading to them “receiving plenty of messages filled with hate,” according to Fox News.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, critics are also complaining, albeit with no alleged hate — just facts:


The latter critic was correct.

Though the family failed to note it in Ayers’ obituary, they did admit to CNN that she’d suffered from a preexisting condition: rheumatoid arthritis.

“My mother had severe rheumatoid arthritis. We were always the most concerned about her getting it because she was immunocompromised. We were wrestling with whether they should have traveled,” Marc told CNN.

“But things were looking so good, and with them being fully vaccinated, we just didn’t have any thoughts of them going to Mississippi. The Delta variant was just hitting the radar. Breakthrough cases were rare at that point. Our worst nightmare came true,” he added.

This revelation seems quite relevant given that, according to WebMD, those with RA are “more likely to get certain infections,” including COVID …


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