Local Business Owner Tom Ozment Loses Wife to COVID-19
Many know his voice without ever having to see his face. He is usually talking about unbreakable, shiny things on our radios like the diamonds he’s built his business on, but Tom Ozment is now talking about losing his wife of 23 years to COVID-19.
“Leah was my best friend, my confidant,” Ozment told WVUA 23’S Chelsea Barton. “She was by far the better and stronger part of our marriage. She loved deeply, she loved fiercely, and if you were her friend, she had your back no matter what.”
Leah and Tom have two daughters, 22-year-old Sally and 19-year-old Alli.
“She was just so positive about everything.,” Sally said about her mother. “I know she wouldn’t want people to be sad.”
“Mom was our rock,” Alli said. “She definitely held us together.”
Leah was diagnosed with COVID-19 July 16 and admitted to the hospital just one week later.
“She was healthy and all of this just happened so quickly,” Sally Ozment said. “We, like a lot of people when she got sick, thought she’ll be fine. But then, she wasn’t fine and she had to be on a ventilator in the hospital by herself for three weeks. We couldn’t go see her. We couldn’t hug her or kiss her.”
Like anyone who’s lost a loved one to this disease, the Ozment family has a message to those thinking it can’t or won’t happen to them.
“It just sucks so bad that people are still thinking that this isn’t real,” Sally said. “My mom was healthy and now she’s gone. People need to understand that wearing a mask is uncomfortable and annoying, but if it will help save someone’s life, please do it.”
“Unfortunately, Leah is now a statistic. She didn’t do anything wrong. We don’t know how she got it. I am begging each of you to please just wear a mask. We will all get through this, but just please wear a mask,” Tom Ozment pleaded.