82yr old woman votes for the first time in US, then dies (VIDEO)
An 82-year-old Texas woman checked voting off her bucket list just in time.
Gracie Lou Phillips voted for the first time last week in Grand Prairie, having spent her adult life busy raising her family and demoralized by “misconceptions about voting,” her family told NBC 5.
On Monday, she died.
“She finally registered to vote for the first time in her life,” her granddaughter, Michelle Phillips, told the TV station. “She kept telling everybody ‘I’m voting. I’m going to vote this year and my vote counts.’”
Phillips was using a 100% oxygen tank, which she loaded into a relative’s car to get from hospice to her polling location.
“To have someone literally need oxygen to breathe, pure tank of oxygen to breathe, put it in her car and ask to go on what may very well be the last week of her life, that shows the dedication and priority that people need to look at,” her granddaughter told NBC 5.
In a video shared by the family, Phillips is near tears, showing off her “I voted” sticker.
On Friday, a day after she cast her first ballot, Phillips couldn’t even get out of bed, her family said. She died early Monday morning.
“She was very proud. She wanted to drain the swamp. She voted straight-ticket Republican,” her son-in-law, Jeff Griffith, told the Washington Post.
“She was very happy. She kept saying she finally got to vote.”