Flu season has been extra harsh this year, tragically taking the lives of children and other family members day by day. In many cases of what families believed was a common cold or 24-hour flu, they find themselves suffering the loss of a loved one.
According to NBC News, more than 30 children have died of the flu as of January 13th and that number is gradually rising. It is unclear how many adult deaths have been related to the flu.
Tragedy struck a family of 3, soon to be family of 4, after a 47-year-old mother of 2 passed away from the flu. Katherine Acton of Central Alabama died amid wedding plans with her longtime lover, revealed ABC 33/40.
Her boyfriend of 8 months, Chuck Benzil, told the local news source that he and Acton were planning to wed in the fall. He called Acton the “love of his life” and said he feels a “hole” with her being gone.
Acton is survived by her two adult sons: 21-year-old Eason Thomas Abraham and 18-year-old Garrett Tyler Abraham, according to her obituary.
Her obituary also stated, "Katherine Acton Abraham, 47, of Calera, Alabama, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 24, 2018. A respected Realtor in the Birmingham area, Katherine loved spending time with family and friends. She had a big heart and adored her two sons immeasurably."
Sources close to Acton described her as beautiful, healthy, and a great role model. Her death is reportedly one of several in the same town that is in connection to flu season.
Please keep this family in your prayers. In more uplifting news, the NFL responded to the #PleaseStand movement.