It was a pandemic graduation for Anna McKenzie Espy, an honor student at Coosa High with big plans.
Her name was a familiar one in school circles: A member of Coosa Middle’s Winter Guard, a Governor’s Honors nominee. Even after the fall semester at Mercer University, Anna was deemed a “promising and cherished freshman.”
That last reference comes from a message from Mercer President Bill Underwood, sent Thursday afternoon to inform students and staff at the Macon college that Anna had died.
The school news source, The Cluster, shares the following:
“Earlier this afternoon Anna Espy, a promising and cherished Mercer freshman from Rome, Georgia, passed away in her dorm room after suffering what appeared to be an immediate allergic reaction to the food she was eating, although cause of death has not yet been determined … The death of any member of the Mercer community is painful. But the passing of a life with so much promise for the future is particularly difficult to face. Please keep Anna’s family in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.”
The update said counseling services have been made available to students in Espy’s residence hall and to those who were close to her. A later note says cards and condolences can be sent to Anna’s father, Mark Espy, and grandmother, Judy Espy (her mother is deceased).
We’ll have additional information later today.