Moore woman survives two tornadoes

Nancy Davis, 95, of Moore, has decided to rebuild a second time after having two homes destroyed by Oklahoma tornadoes.
By Joclyn Pedersen, For The Oklahoman Published: May 15, 2014
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In a new chair surrounded by old paintings, a woman quietly tells the story of how her house was blown away by a tornado. Twice.

Nancy Davis, 95, has survived two major tornadoes. On May 3, 1999, she took refuge under a bed only to have her home blown down around her. She lived to tell the tale and rebuild her home, only to relive the nightmare when another tornado blew away her new house on May 20.

When the F5 tornado hit Moore last year, Davis was underground in her shelter with her niece, Kay Taylor, a neighbor and her small child, a pregnant woman and a few other people. When she emerged after the storm, she found her barn gone and her house demolished. She described the horror and how it sounded.

“Both of them were terrible,” Davis said. “It tore the brick off, and you could hear it: kapow.” She said it was so loud the people in the shelter couldn’t hear each other talk.

Divine intervention

Davis called Deacon Byron Jacobson from St. Mark’s Catholic Church and told him her house had been demolished. He said he’d be there to pick her up in a few minutes. Jacobson and his wife, Cheryl, took her in and fixed her a room in their home.

“I enjoyed it the whole time I was there,” Davis said of staying with the Jacobsons. “They are so precious.”

After a time, the Jacobsons took Davis to visit Brookhaven Mansions, a senior living community in Norman, but Davis didn’t commit right away. She said she needed time to think. In reality, she wanted to go and see her house, but others advised against it.

Eventually, some of her friends brought her a few of her belongings — pictures she had painted and two poems her late husband of 57 years had written to her. Someone had looted money stashed in one of the poems, and many of her possessions were destroyed.

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