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Oklahoma tornadoes: Tornado leaves family members in two hospitals and one dead

Joy Waldroop lost her daughter. Her grandson is critically injured. Waldroop remains in the hospital with injuries from the tornado.
BY DIANA BALDWIN Published: May 23, 2013

— Joy Waldroop, 61, rested Wednesday in an Oklahoma City hospital with her heel swollen and shattered and a hole in her right arm. Her daughter is dead and her 8-year-old grandson is across town in another hospital undergoing surgery for injuries suffered in Monday's tornado.

Shannon Quick, 40, was killed while she huddled in a closet with her mother, two children and their dog, Luke, as the tornado ripped through their hometown and their home at 113 Broadway Circle.

Jackson Quick is at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center with half of his buttock sheered off, three breaks in his femur and a broken pelvis. He was in critical condition Wednesday.

His brother, Tanner, 13, got out of the rubble with scrapes and bruises. “He is feeling guilty because he wasn't hurt worse,” his grandmother said from her hospital room at Integris Southwest Medical Center.

“He saw the carnage of his mom and brother,” said Lee Ann Soulek, his aunt. “He remembers what happened.”

The dog had to be put to sleep.

The tornado destroyed their home in the Westmoore housing addition, east of Briarwood Elementary School where Jackson Quick is a student.

Shannon Quick had picked up her children from school early Monday because the family was getting ready to go to Virginia on vacation.

“I couldn't ask for a better daughter,” Waldroop said. “She cared for her family.”

Shannon Quick spent much of her time going to her sons' Little League games.

She had been married to Michael “Mike” Quick since 1995.

Shannon Quick, who was a fan of the kitchen and cooking, could put together a tasty crockpot dinner, her mother said.

Her cousin, Hayley Frazier, of Chandler, said her best memories as a child are with Shannon Quick.

“She was all about her family,” Frazier said.

“She was very dedicated and devoted to her entire family.”

Through her tears, Frazier laughed and told about the time when they were 10 years old and her cousin declared frogs were her favorite creature because they could hop.

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