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Survivor Story: Mary Faris

By Carrie Coppernoll Modified: May 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm •  Published: May 1, 2009

/> That week, they slept in the medical clinic of Dr. Kevin Faris, her son. They returned and claimed what they could. Two China cabinets survived between a wall and a pickup. They saved a statuette of a schnauzer and a little league baseball pennant. A few family photos, old letters and a few pieces of Faris' postcard collection were salvaged. A painting by her granddaughter, Rebecca Faris, was saved and eventually was displayed at the U.S. Capitol.

President Bill Clinton visited Oklahoma and even spoke on the same street where the Faris' home was. She skipped the speech.

Then Faris left Oklahoma for eight years. She moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh to care for her aging parents and sister. She returned two years ago to live with family in Noble.

“You wonder why you were picked to survive when others died,” she said. “I know I was picked to go home and help my mom and dad and then my sister.”