ARDMORE — Kaylee Fambrough doesn’t have to fall into a deep sleep to experience the greatest nightmare of her young life. The teenager doesn’t even need to close her eyes.
Grisly images of her dead parents — Gail and Vincent Fambrough — in the aftermath of the Feb. 10 Lone Grove tornado haunt her around the clock.
"I think about it 100 times a day,” said Kaylee, 13. "The wind picked up strong. I got scared and got out of the bathtub. I was completely naked, and Mom told me to put a towel or robe on and to stay away from all the doors and windows. But I was scared, and I ran into her arms for that moment I’ll always remember.
"Then I heard a great crash against the house.”
When she opened her eyes, she was in a field of debris, some 300 feet from her family’s trailer home.
"I was scared to death,” Kaylee said tearfully. "My mother was no longer in my arms.”
Kaylee soon found her father’s bloodied and battered body, realizing her mother must have also died in the twister. The girl’s worst fear was soon confirmed.
Danna McCord, Kaylee’s 27-year-old half-sister, instinctively stepped in to ease the suffering. McCord, her husband Stephen, and their three children welcomed Kaylee into their two-bedroom Ardmore home.
"I haven’t been able to grieve,” said Danna McCord, Gail Fambrough’s soft-spoken daughter. "I haven’t had time.”
McCord’s days revolve around her children — Cameron, 7; Tyler, 6; and Jaelyn, 1 — Kaylee, and a file case stuffed with her sister’s legal paperwork. The files contain correspondence between McCord and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, her mother’s life insurance company, a local funeral home and a family attorney. The paperwork represents a seemingly endless source of heartache.
So far, FEMA has dealt the family its toughest psychological blow.