Stars and Stripes stripes.com 04 Jan, 2021 11:15 am

Family, friends remember Navajo RN, Marine who died from COVID-19

Family, friends remember Navajo RN, Marine who died from COVID-19
Raymond Joe served in the Marine Corps for four years as combat engineer. He died at 49 on Dec. 19, 2020, nearly a month after testing positive for COVID-19.

“That was the worst drive ever,” Johnson said.Johnson said it was devastating to lose her husband as 21-year-old Tristan Joe, 13-year-old Noah Barton, five-year-old Chance Joe and two-year-old Shundiin Joe lost their father.Joe enjoyed riding in the helicopter while working as a flight nurse, Johnson said he used to fly in them while he served in Operation Desert Storm.Johnson said her husband was working as a home health nurse at Giving Home Health Care in Kirtland when he contracted COVID-19.

“We just really clicked so well, we always had a lot of fun,” Johnson said about her husband.“I just hate this virus because it allows people to die alone and it’s just frustrating,” Johnson said.

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