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From Left, Delia Ramos, Betty Fuentes, and Ana Flores embrace in prayer in Harlingen on March 11, 2021.
A Year of COVID-19

Widows of the pandemic: Three South Texas women lost their husbands but found solace in one another

Ricardo Ramos, Ramon Fuentes III and Andres Arguelles were all 45. Loving husbands. Strangers who died with the coronavirus in neighboring South Texas cities. They left behind young widows who found each other in Facebook groups and bonded over the similarities in their stories.

Tina Jones poses with a portrait of her husband Brian Jones in the pecan orchard he planted when they first moved onto their…
Valerie Villegas with a portrait of her late husband Robert Villegas at her home in Portland.  Robert died from COVID-19 on …
Beatrice Fuentes kneels on a mesquite tree with her husband's initials carved in the trunk. March, 5. 2021
Delia Ramos, center, holds a photo of her and her husband Ricardo with her daughter, right, and son TKTKTKT. Ricardo died in…
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Ana Flores holds a framed photo of her husband Andres Arguelles in Brownsville on March 7, 2021.
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