DB: Exactly seven weeks before she died of COVID, a pediatric nurse and mom named Dianna Brummel-Rathbun espoused her passionate anti-mask views to a Michigan school board.
“My hubby said many people stood up and applauded after I was done!” Brummel-Rathbun wrote in a Facebook post with a video the day after her speech at the Aug. 9 meeting. the next day.
Among those who watched the five-minute clip was her cousin Jackie Verhage Tellier, who joins every respectable medical and scientific authority in believing that masks, as well as vaccines, save lives.
Tellier loved Brummel-Rathbun no less for the political divide between them. “But, Diana was always stubborn and always did things her own way,” Tellier told The Daily Beast.
Tellier figured that in posting the video, Brummel-Rathbun hoped it would receive similar approval from a virtual audience of like-minded people.
“I have been an RN for over 35 years, working steadily through all this time,” she said on the video. “My child will not wear one on a bus, not in a car, not in a class, not in a hall, not for sports… Just because my child will not wear a mask at all. We will not wear them here nor there. We will not wear them anywhere.”
Then, in September, Tellier learned that scientific truth had hit Brummel-Rathbun in the form of a positive test for COVID-19. Tellier messaged her upon learning she was seriously ill.
“I said, ‘I just found out you’re in the hospital with COVID. I hope you’re doing okay,’” Tellier recalled. “I said, ‘I know we’ve had our differences, but you know I love you.’ She wrote back and said, ‘Thanks, hon.’”
Tellier was in a family e-mail chain that provided daily updates about Brumel-Rathbun’s condition.
“She was supposedly getting better,” Tellier recalled. “Her oxygen levels were going up.”
Brummel-Rathbun then took a turn for the worse. She died on Sept. 27. She was 57.
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