Funeral held for married Grand Prairie ISD teachers who both died of COVID-19

Paul and Rose Mary Blackwell

Funeral services were held Monday for a husband and wife who taught in Grand Prairie ISD, and who both died of COVID-19.

Friends, family, students, and parents came together to say goodbye to Paul and Rose Mary Blackwell.

Rose Mary was a 2nd grade teacher at Travis World Language Academy and Paul was a PE teacher and coach at Fannin Middle School.

They both died earlier this month from COVID-19 complications.

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Those who knew them said both teachers inspired them.

"It just breaks my heart. They left together, but they left a lot of pain," Lisa Alarcon said. "The pain they left on the school, on the family, on her kids, it's really hard."

A balloon release was held for the couple after the service.

Their caskets were then escorted with a drive-by at Fannin and Travis school campuses.

They were then buried at Fort Worth's Laurel Land Memorial Park.