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.
Postal worker remembered as ‘pretty simple'
Postal worker Rick Jones kept his life simple.
He lived alone in Moore. He didn't have a cellphone. He wasn't on Facebook. He worked evenings processing mail.
He spent his spare time working out and gardening.
And, then, last year, he went out and bought a sports car.
His sister called the 2007 black two-door Corvette Z06 “his latest love.”
Jones, 54, died May 20 when the EF5 tornado blew apart his house in Moore. A Bible was found beside his body.
“He was pretty simple,” his sister, Lisa Buffalo, said from Tulsa. “I always gave him crap about all of that. … In fact, him buying a Corvette … I'm so glad he did, now, but I could not believe he did that. I told him it was a midlife crisis, you know.”
The tornado wrecked the car beyond repair.
Jones also collected guitars, his sister said. A prize possession was one signed by rock legend Eric Clapton.
“They were expensive,” she said.
He was buried in Tulsa, where he was born. He had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years. His full name was Richard Lee Jones Jr.
Nolan Clay, Staff Writer