Mercia Bowser, Sister Of D.C. Mayor, Dies Of COVID-19 Complications Her death comes on the same day the city's death toll surpassed 1,000 residents.
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Mercia Bowser, Sister Of D.C. Mayor, Dies Of COVID-19 Complications

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her sister's death in a personal statement Wednesday. Martin Austermuhle/WAMU/DCist hide caption

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's sister, Mercia Bowser, died Wednesday morning due to COVID-19 complications, according to a statement shared by Bowser's office.

"Mercia was loved immensely and will be missed greatly, as she joins the legion of angels who have gone home too soon due to the pandemic," Bowser wrote in a statement Wednesday. "She worked tirelessly for children, the elderly, and those with behavioral disorders until her retirement and beyond."

Mercia Bowser, 64-years-old, worked with local organizations like Catholic Charities and the D.C. Office on Aging, according to Bowser's statement. She is survived by her parents Joan and Joseph Bowser, as well as brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, and a "host of friends" across the city.

In her statement, Bowser thanked the medical team at Washington Hospital Center, where she said her sister was being treated for COVID-19 related pneumonia.

"We thank you for your kindness and will share how our family will honor Mercia, my only sister and oldest sibling, and her beautiful spirit in the coming days," Bowser wrote.

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Her death comes on the same day the city surpassed 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19. Earlier Wednesday morning, Bowser declared Feb. 24 a day of remembrance for Washingtonians who have died due to the virus.

This story is from DCist.com, the local news website of WAMU.

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