May 3rd, 1999 Oklahoma tornado anniversary survivor stories page

Jon Hansen

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Jon Hansen

Jon Hansen had helped with tornado recovery efforts before.

Carolyn Stager

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Carolyn Stager

Doctor's suspect a piece of paper scalped Carolyn Stager. Anything bigger or sharper would have killed her.

Jackie Pfeiffer

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Jackie Pfeiffer

The last thing sold at Jackie's Farmer's Store was a pack of AA batteries.

Kelli Kindschi

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Kelli Kindschi

Kelli Kindschi cried when the bulldozers came.

Margie and Terry West

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Margie and Terry West

Margie and Terry West are comfortable sitting out on the porch of their home in this growing Canadian County city these days.

Cecil Hawkins

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Cecil Hawkins

Cecil Hawkins lay flat on his stomach in the grass, eyeing the maple tree in his back yard as the tornado ripped off all the branches. If the tornado didn't knock that tree on him, he thought, he'd survive.

Dion Henderson

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Dion Henderson

Dion Henderson is deaf, but he heard the tornado that killed his mother.

Mary Farris

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Mary Farris

Mary Faris felt a sense of comfort when her bathroom wall fell on her back.

Kay Engle

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Kay Engle

Kay Engle, principal of Kelley Elementary, may very well owe her life to a last minute change of plan.

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