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Detroit woman who helped others fight to overcome drugs died of COVID-19 complications – Detroit Free Press

This obituary is part of “We Will Remember,” a series about those we’ve lost to the coronavirus.
Vernice Logan overcame a life of being in and out of prison and selling and using drugs to becoming a beacon of light and hope to many.
Logan, 71, died Dec. 15 at Harper Hospital as a result of complications from COVID-19.
A resident of Detroit for more than 30 years, Logan was born and raised in Highland Park. She was the oldest of five siblings and a graduate of Highland Park High School. 
Logan kept a promise to her family after her last release from prison that she would never go away again as long as she had breath in her body, according to daughter Collice Williams, who noted that her mother kept that promise and celebrated 22 years of sobriety before she died.
Her new lease on life was dedicated to serving and saving others by mentoring and sponsoring young women in their fight to overcome drugs and street life in Detroit.
Logan was an advocate and spokesperson for Narcotics Anonymous. She traveled internationally and throughout the United States delivering messages of hope. Her focus was on helping battered and abused women because she could identify with what they were going through, Williams recalled. 
“It was very hard in the beginning of the pandemic to stop her from going out because Narcotics Anonymous was a big part of her life and she was determined to save as many people as possible,” Williams said.
Logan also ran suicide hotlines for many years and worked to find help for people in need of safety. 
Affectionately known as Ms. V, Logan enjoyed dancing, music (her favorite rapper was Too Short), playing cards and cooking. Her grandchildren were her real joy. 
A woman of faith and strength, Logan was also an active member of Full Gospel Christian Church in Detroit under the leadership of pastor Gwendolyn Pettway.
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The matriarch of the family, Logan was known for her cooking skills. Some of her most popular dishes were dressing, peach cobbler, sweet potato pie and cheesecake. Williams recalled that during Thanksgiving, Logan made nearly 30 sweet potato pies and cheesecakes so everybody could have one of their own. She jokingly mentioned that there would be a fight if somebody tried to get a slice of a dessert that wasn’t theirs. 
“We all had personal relationships with her,” said Williams, who mentioned that Logan always kept up with the schedules of family members’ lives. 
When her mother began feeling ill, Williams said her family thought she had a stomach virus. “She didn’t show normal COVID symptoms. She couldn’t hold food down,” Williams said.
Several days later, Logan, who was diabetic and had kidney disease, was taken to the hospital by her daughter and tested positive there for COVID-19. While in the hospital, her condition deteriorated fast. Her oxygen levels dropped, and she was put on a ventilator.
Williams and her brother were allowed to visit their mom as her condition worsened. “They didn’t turn the machine off. We stayed together, and my mother died naturally,” Williams said. 
“We used to fight and be mad at her because we had to share her with the world, but at the end, it was only us. We felt that we got robbed.
“The staff at Harper Hospital was phenomenal and stayed in contact with us during the three days she was hospitalized. … It was the most heartbreaking, but most beautiful experience in my life,” Williams said as she described how the doctors and nurses who cared for her mother lined up two by two to tell her how honored they were to care for her. “They were just as emotional as we were. For them to show the humanity that they showed was amazing,” she said.  
Williams and her family got vaccinated three months to the day after Logan died, and she said her mother would have been the first in line to get vaccinated if shots had been available before her death.
In addition to her daughter, Logan is survived by her husband, Roger McCrary; children Leon, Tanya and Orell; sisters Sarah and Harryann; brother Ovid; god-sister Karen; god-brother Ceolices; grandchildren Leon, Demetrius, Mar’Tzha, Keara, Princess, Diamond, Crystal, LaToia, Aarmond, Anthony, Collice, Destini, Brittney, Mercedes and Promise and 17 great-grandchildren along with nieces, nephews and a host of extended relatives and friends.
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Brendel Hightower is an assistant editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact her at [email protected] 

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