Pearland ISD Spanish teacher dies suddenly after exhibiting flu-like symptoms

Pearland ISD says counselors will be on hand to help students mourning the sudden death of a Spanish teacher
February 13, 2014 4:16:53 AM PST
Pearland ISD says counselors will be on hand to help students mourning the sudden death of a Spanish teacher.

Pearland High School Spanish teacher Tracie Burroughs died earlier this week, according to Pearland ISD. She was 47 years old.

Burroughs' husband, Willie Burroughs, tells Eyewitness News his wife came home from work sick on Monday and died around 4:15am Tuesday at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. He says his wife had been exhibiting flu-like symptoms, but she had not recently traveled, had no pre-existing conditions and was not diabetic.

Willie Burroughs described her death as very sudden.

The Burroughs family lives in Manvel with four children, and they attend Harvest Time Church in Greenspoint.

Willie Burroughs says his wife became certified to teach Spanish in 1995, and has been with Pearland ISD for about 10 years.

Pearland ISD issued a statement that said, in part:

"Pearland ISD is deeply saddened by the death of one of our employees. ...We will continue to provide counselors throughout the week for students and staff."

Her husband issued this statement:

"She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and just an all around wonderful person. The lives of many are better because she lived. Our hearts are saddened at her passing and our memories of her will live forever."

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at Harvest Time Church, 17770 Imperial Valley Drive. The viewing will be held between 9 and 11am, and the funeral will commence right after.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to her children's college fund. There is an account set up at Chase Bank for anyone who wishes to make a contribution.

No other details were immediately available.

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