Houston grandma who froze to death victimized after her death

Monday, February 22, 2021
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A beloved 84-year-old grandmother froze to death overnight on Monday in her northeast Houston apartment without power or water, according to her family. As if that wasn't heartbreaking enough, the family said robbers ransacked their grandmother's apartment nearly a day after she died. Here's their story

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The family of a beloved 84-year-old grandmother who froze to death during the horrific winter storm is speaking out on the conditions of her death and hope to find who ransacked her apartment shortly after.

Mary Gee's granddaughter Nicale Spencer said police discovered Gee's body on Tuesday morning at her home at the Northshore Meadows apartment complex in northeast Houston.

Not even a day later, robbers reportedly broke into Gee's home and got away with a few of her belongings, her family said.

A medical examiner said Gee died of hypothermia, similar to other cases around the area.

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"For somebody to freeze to death is... I'm always cold. So, just for that coldness to sit in my body that long for me to pass from it, that's just a hard way to go," said Spencer. "It's almost like suffering, and its just sad."

Gee's family said both the heat and power were shut off at her apartment overnight Monday.

"It bothers me deeply," said her stepdaughter Rachel Cook. "I mean, you don't know what happened to her within those hours."

Family members said they're still struggling to cope with her death.

And that's not the only issue this family has had to deal with. The family is also tasked with finding the robbers who got away with Gee's television, stereo, phone and her son's army badges.

"The stuff was just ransacked and thrown," explained Cook. "I really don't care about that stuff, I cared about her."

Funeral plans have been released for Gee.

Visitation services are planned for March 2 at noon and March 3 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. at Pruitt's in the Heights.

Also on March 3, a celebration of life will be held.

For more on services and sending flowers to the family, visit this page.

As of Sunday night, 22 people have died in the Houston area from weather related causes such as hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning.

SEE ALSO: Winter storm death toll reaches 22 in southeast Texas

Twelve deaths are suspected to be weather related, but the medical examiner's office is still investigating.

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