South Carolina mother, 57, and daughter, 28, teaching duo die from COVID less ...

A South Carolina mother and daughter teaching duo were buried on Saturday after both contracting COVID-19 and dying, weeks apart. 

Shirley Bannister, the 57-year-old chair of a nursing department, died on September 27.

She tested positive on September 7 - the day her only child, Demetria Bannister, 28, an elementary school teacher, died. 

The pair were described as inseparable by Dennis Bell, Shirley's brother, who paid tribute to 'loving and driven women'. 

Shirley Bannister, 57, died from COVID-19 on September 27

Demetria Bannister, 28, succumbed to the virus on September 7

Shirley Bannister died from COVID-19 less than three weeks after daughter Demetria (right)

Both mother and daughter were celebrated in a joint funeral held on Saturday in Columbia

Both mother and daughter were celebrated in a joint funeral held on Saturday in Columbia

Flowers were laid beside the caskets of Shirley and Demetria Bannister on Saturday

Flowers were laid beside the caskets of Shirley and Demetria Bannister on Saturday

As well as both being teachers they were avid scrapbookers, family planners and 'the light of any room,' he said, according to NBC. 

Demetria was a third grade teacher, starting her fifth year of teaching at Windsor Elementary School in Columbia. 

Her passion for teaching came from her mother, Bell said.  

'Demetria was almost a spitting image of Shirley — in her mannerisms and the way she carried herself.

'She loved mentoring kids and making learning fun. 

'She wanted to transfer that energy and passion to younger people.'

Denise Quickel, the school's principal, said she was 'Windsor's Songbird' for her role leading the student choir, her participation in student shows, her hosting of a student club for aspiring singers, and her participation in talent shows.

'Ms Bannister loved her students and never missed an opportunity to advocate for students and public education,' Quickel said. 

Demetria (center) with her father Dennis and mother Shirley on the day of her graduation

Demetria (center) with her father

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