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Profiles of Life: Tawauna Robinson and Rick Jones

Tawauna Robinson and Rick Jones
by Nolan Clay Published: June 20, 2013
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Tornado victim ‘loved all and she loved hard'

Though unable to work and in frequent pain because of physical ailments, Tawauna Denise Robinson held firm to her faith.

On Facebook, she wrote more than once about being in tears because of God's goodness to her.

“I TRULY THANK HIM FOR LOVING ME SOOOOO,” she wrote in February.

Robinson, 45, and her boyfriend, Leslie Johnson, 46, died May 20 when the EF5 tornado struck their rent house in Moore. They lived there with her son, who was in Kansas that day.

“She was just real peaceful,” her son, Lamarr Robinson, said of her personality.

She was new to Oklahoma.

She had moved in with her son just last year, coming from St. Louis, but she already was a big Thunder fan.

“She loved Oklahoma City Thunder. She was very passionate with it, actually, and we would have long conversations,” her son said.

On May 20, before the storm, she went to the Moore Medical Center for treatment.

“I spoke to her … they had just came home and they were in the closet,” her son said.

“They said they were going to wait it out until the storm passed over.”

On Facebook, her daughter, Angeletta Santiago, remembered her as loving.

“My mother's love for people didn't have a race or religion. She loved all and she loved hard,” Santiago wrote.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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