The Anniston Star l Sunday, April 28, 2013 l Page 6E
Sunday RECORD YOUR GUIDE TO PUBLIC RECORDS AND VITAL STATISTICS IN CALHOUN COUNTY deAths Gerald E. Abbott, Oxford Clara Bell Brown Boykin, Newell Willie Brewster, Munford Timothy Wayne “Buck” Buchanan, Weaver Lynn Matthews Cody, Anniston Dot Craig Jr., Ashland Jeanette M. Crow, Eastaboga Fred Davis, Roanoke Verdell L. “Pop” Davis, Anniston Leon Feazell, Anniston Leigh Anne Fowler, Florida Betty Clackum Henderson, Oxford Lonnie Hoyt “Buddy” Hilley Jr., Anniston Robert Johnson Jr., Anniston Claudia Davan Kiker, Ohatchee Anthoney Steve Ledbetter, Alaska Terrance Lamar Richardson Montgomery, Ohatchee Dorothy M. Moore, Jacksonville Joan Morrison, Centre Robert Alexander Nesbit Jr., Anniston Manuel Grady Owen Jr.,
Heflin Lewis Patterson Jr., Talladega Charles D. “Sonny” Ray, Piedmont Gayla Leahey Reaves, Weaver Thomas Shafer, Newell Elizabeth Simmons, Anniston Julius Ray Smith, Jacksonville Laura Jeanette “Jean” Wilkinson Smith, Georgia Mary Smith, Huntsville Sue K. (Smyka) Starr, Mass. Mildred Steed, Wedowee Joel Melford Stewart Sr., Wedowee Avis Strickland, Anniston Lee Roy Sutton, Piedmont James Fred Taft, Roanoke Kenneth Boyd Tanner, Heflin Ernest Keller “Sonny” Thomas, Georgia Hazel E. (Jackson) Vaughan, Oxford James E. Wallace, Talladega Mike Wheeles, Ashland Benjamin Howard White, Jacksonville
RATE OF BANKRUPTCIES 1212
44 22 52 weeks ago
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows the debtor to retain certain exempt property, but the debtor’s remaining property is gathered and sold by a trustee from which creditors will receive payment. It may also be used by businesses which wish to terminate their business.
• Anthony Bright of Anniston to Nikki Woodruff Sturkie of Anniston • Brian Joe Bamberg of Weaver to Meghan Michele Lindsey of Weaver • Lloyd Bertrand Hightower of Ohatchee to Amber Gail Garrett of Ohatchee • Jonathan Henry Wallace of Anniston to Melissa Brooke Sears of Anniston • Keith Ryan Brown of Anniston to Jessica Lynn Kemp of Anniston • Matthew Taylor Dover of Ohatchee to Erica Cheri Mills of Wellington • Brandon Eugene Ingram of Oxford to Monna Ladonna Lockridge of Oxford • Mark Shelton Hagan of Jacksonville to Kelly Ann Newman of Jacksonville • Jeremy Andrew Deffenbaugh of Anniston to Samantha Danielle Blenker of Anniston • Robert Lee May of Birmingham to Denise May of Birmingham • Raynard Jerrell Truss of Anniston to Artisia Therese Cottingham of Anniston • Jake Lloyd Betts of Jacksonville to Selesta Ginalee Ivey of Eastaboga • Carl Michael Bryce of Villa Rica, Ga., to Cheryl Ann Defoor of Villa Rica, Ga.
Here is the livestock market report for the Tuesday sale. Receipts for this week 671 compared to 614 last week. Receipts a year ago 884.
A Chapter 13 bankruptcy enables debtors, through court supervision and protection, to propose and carry out a repayment plan under which creditors are paid, in full or in part, in installments over a three-year period. During that time, debtors are prohibited from starting or continuing collection efforts. The following bankruptcies declared by Calhoun County residents were recorded by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Alabama last week:
Chapter 7 • Joey D. Pavolko and Karen Pavolko, Newborn Street, Anniston • Jesse E. Cain, Shaffer Lane, Anniston • Rhonda Williams, Mount View Lane, Alexandria • Bobby Jason Steed, Alabama Highway 21 North, Piedmont • Carrie Smith Floyd, East 54th Street, Anniston • Mark R. Vice and Shelby E. Vice, Sprague Avenue, Anniston • Bradley W. Gardner, Beck Road, Eastaboga, and Jennifer A. Gardner, Mudd Street, Eastaboga • Travis H. Clark and Trina Clark, Baltzell Gate Road, Anniston • Patrick Lee Siskey and Martha Kelley Siskey, Old Gadsden Highway, Anniston
• Ollie Lucille McCullough Crowe • Richard M. Chris• Jonnie B. Bell topher • Mandy R. Vinson • Mary B. Cobb • Minnie Lou Britt • John H. Cobb Floyd • Deloris Ann Pen• Roberta G. Neigh- dergrass bors • Lloyd W. GardChapter 13 • Wallace R. ner • Franklin Wayne Green and Regina C. Green, Jacksonville DIVORCES • Angela Teasley, Hastsing Drive, Oxford • Susan Pate Bingham and Roger Dale Bingham INCORPORATIONS • Hope Community Church of Jacksonville • Knight’s Construction Co. LLC • Wildgypsy Xpress LLC • McClellan Assisted
Living Facility LP • Hong & Sun LLC • Bruce Adams PC • Praise In Zion Ministries
Dissolved • Booke LLC
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Bulls and steers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 155.00 to 210.00; 300-400 lbs. 147.00 to 200.00; 400-500 lbs. 136.00 to 155.00; 500-600 lbs. 120.00 to 147.50; 600700 lbs. 100.00 to 143.00. Heifers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. Too Few; 300-400 lbs. 140.00 to 160.00; 400-500 lbs. 128.00 to 145.00; 500-600 lbs. 120.00 to 132.00; 600700 lbs. 105.00 to 120.00.
Cows: Breakers 80.00 to 86.00; Boners 87.00 to 91.00; Lean 73.00 to 78.00. Bulls: Normal Dressing 5458% 96.00 to 101.00; High Dressing >58% 105.00.
The material inside the Sunday Record is recorded by The Anniston Star from various institutions and government offices. The public records are published as they appeared on the documents obtained by the newspaper. Direct questions and comments about Sunday Record to Isaac Godwin at igodwin@ annistonstar.com.
• Frank E. Grizzle and Lawanna P. Grizzle, Mountain Pointe subdivision, phase 1, lot 148. • Michael L. Seaman and Rebecca L. Seaman, a parcel of land in section 16, township 13, range 9. • Alexander Tillie, Lyncoya subdivision, 8th addition, block 19, lot 2. • Janda K. Bolden, a parcel of land in section 31, township 15, range 8. • Tony J. Beecham, Burns subdivision, lots 28 and 29. • Angelene C. Landry, Profile Mill Village, block 6, lot 9. • Gary R. Dobson, Briarwood Estates, 1st addition, lots 27 and 28. • Daniel Higgins and Lynn Higgins, McCall Heights, block 3, lot 5.
ARRESTS The people listed in this arrest report, whose names and charges are obtained from public records, are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Anniston Police Department (addresses not provided) during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Dwight Tyre Duff, 34: first-degree possession of marijuana. • Chadwick Jamal Oneal, 21: first-degree possession of marijuana.
• Desmond Jones, 40: possession of a controlled substance. • Daphne Deanna Moden, 39: third-degree robbery. • Derrick Anthony Porter, 24: two counts of third-degree burglary.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Zakeia Shenta Jones Glass, 31, of Anniston: Medicaid fraud.
• Chase Stanley Ponder, 20, of Oxford: order of arrest for unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance. • Gary Ray Woodrow, 35, of Anniston: firstdegree escape, arrest order, failure to appear in court. • Jason Matthew Keener, 31, of Piedmont: first-degree receiving stolen property. • Dustin Troy Shears, 25, of Oxford: failure to appear in court. • Cecilia Leann Sims, 42, of Boaz: failure to appear in court. • Preston Eugene Keller, 31, of Piedmont: failure to appear in court. • Marco Anthony Gonzalez, 38, of Jackson-
ville: probation violation. • Ray Anthony Brock, 49, of Anniston: sex offender notification. • Raymond Lee Glenn III, 21, of Wellington: unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle.
Drug Task Force
The following felony arrests were reported by the Calhoun-Cleburne Drug and Violent Crime Task Force during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Brian Allen Wright, 41, of Jacksonville: unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
BLOTTER Crimes are listed by location. Anonymous tips may be called in to Crime Stoppers at 256-238-1414. A reward of up to $1,000 may be given.
The following property crimes were reported to the Anniston Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Burglaries • Residence, 500 block of Glen Addie Avenue: food items, television, DVD player. • Residence, 500 block of Leighton Avenue: firearm, televisions, checkbooks. • Residence, 1500 block of Warrior Road: television, game console. • Residence, 1500 block of
Warrior Road: television. • Restaurant, 300 block of East Blue Mountain Road: cash. • Residence, 1700 block of Johnston Drive: refrigerator. • Residence, 700 block of South Christine Avenue: televisions, cash, security safe, game console. • Residence, 1700 block of McCall Drive: television. • Residence, 2400 block of Bynum Leatherwood Road: jewelry, game console.
Thefts • Public building, 100 block of West 15th Street: cell phone with cover. (Recovered 0416-2013) • Residence, 3000 block of Moore Avenue: cell phone. • Supermarket, 5500 block of
McClellan Boulevard: fishing reels, backpack, flashlight. • Residence, 600 block of West 11th Street: bicycle, gas container. • Drug store, 400 block of East 10th Street: jewelry. • Residence, 1700 block of Morrisville Road: cell phones, cash. • Street, 1100 block of Noble Street: cell phone. • Residence, 100 block of West 49th Street: firearm. • Department store, 5500 block of McClellan Boulevard: clothing. (Recovered 04-23-2013) • Residence, 500 block of South Stebbins Street: medication, wallet, cash, personal I.D. • Specialty store, 1700 block of Quintard Avenue: fraudu-
lent leasing of tablet com- • Residence, Monroe Street, Anniston: utility trailer. puter. • Residence, 400 block of Auto-related thefts East 23rd Street: cell phone. Residence, DeArmanville Calhoun County •Drive South, Anniston: 2000 Chevrolet Blazer. The following property crimes were reported to the I.D. Theft Calhoun County Sheriff’s • Residence, Camryn Circle, Office during the seven- Anniston: debit card. day period ending at 7 a.m. Oxford Thursday.
Burglaries • Residence, Tallasseehatchee Way, Wellington: tools. • Residence, Willow Springs Road, Wellington: household items, firearm, game console, controllers, jewelry, jewelry box, DVD player.
The following property crimes were reported to the Oxford Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Thefts • Taqueriay Mexican Restaurant, 229 E. Hamric Drive: cooking pot. • Residence, 1100 block of
Bynum Boulevard, Eastaboga: lawn mower. • Residence, 300 block of West 9th Street: water heater, refrigerator, scrap metal. • Dillard’s, 700 Quintard Ave.: clothing. • Walmart parking lot, 92 Plaza Lane: cell phone. • Storage facility, 100 block of Mattison Road: ladder, cart, dolley, hand trucks. (Recovered 04-15-2013) • Field, 2500 block of U.S. 78 East: fire extinguishers. • Residence, 100 block of Johnson Street: utility trailer. • Residence, 200 block of Lakewood Drive: chair saw, string trimmer. • Commercial location, 1 Kronospan Way, Eastaboga: computer processors.
RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS Here are food service establishments recently inspected by the Calhoun County Health Department, along with scores. A score of 100 indicates the inspector found no deficiencies. Potentially hazardous deficiencies (four- or five-point demerit items) are noted. These must be corrected immediately and inspectors say they are often corrected while the inspection is underway. Restaurants earning below 70 must raise their scores within seven days or face closure.
• Loco Mex, 809 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville — 88, potentially hazardous food did not meet temperature requirements during cold holding. • Quick Mart, 1429 U.S. 78, W., Oxford — 90, toxic items not properly labeled and stored. • Struts, 88 Ali-Way, Oxford — 92, personnel should eat/drink in designated areas only.
4-OR 5-POINT DEMERITS
• Café Korea, 1014 U.S. 431, N., Anniston — 95.
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• Golden Dragon, 100 Ladiga St., SW, Jacksonville — 96. • Golden Springs Elementary School — 100. • Honey Baked Ham Co. & Café, 637 Snow St., Oxford — 95. • IHOP, 1904 U.S. 78, Oxford — 94. • Jefferson’s, 407 Pelham Road, N., Jacksonville — 92. • LaMar’s, 1781 Hamric Drive, E., Oxford — 96. • Struts, 500 Forney Ave., Jacksonville — 93. • Tenth Street Elementary School — 99. • Waffle House, 1201 Quintard Drive, Oxford — 98. • TCBY, 1903 Quintard Ave., Anniston — 96.
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PROPERTY TRANSFERRED • Elmer W. Ford and Joyce N. Ford to Terry Ford, a parcel of land in section 16, township 16, range 7, $10. • William M. Skinner and Nancy Skinner to William Macarthur Skinner and Nancy Snider Skinner, a parcel of land in section 31, township 16, range 7, $10. • Terry L. Pegg to Jessica Bowers, Woodland Park subdivision, lot 9, $12,110. • Albert L. Powell to Lorenza Jenkins and Pauline B. Jenkins, a parcel of land near 1425 Mack Alexander Road, Piedmont, $10. • Albert Powell to Eugene B. Mitchell, a parcel of land near 1427 Mack Alexander Road, Piedmont, $10. • Jason Sutton and Jessica Sutton to Matthew E. Stryker and Angela L. Stryker, a parcel of land in section 10, township 13, range 10, $10. • Donald E. Cobb to The Donald E. Cobb Revocable Trust, a parcel of land in section 21, township 15, range 9, $10. • Rocky Ridge Development Inc. to Barbara E. Lane, Standard-Coosa-Thatcher Co., block 21, lot 4, $10. • James Michael Jordan to Diane Ford, a parcel of land in section 10, township 15, range 9, $10. • First Educators Credit Union to Jacob Braxton Palmer, a parcel of land in section 34, township 13, range 8, $12,000. • Jason Lee Devoe and Stephanie Kennedy Devoe to Michael Devoe Jr. and Melissa Ann Devoe, a parcel of land in section 21, township 13, range 8, $10. • Linda L. Rogers to Fred W. Russell Jr., Saks subdivision, Cloverdale addition, block 10, lot 1, $39,900. • Housing & Urban Development to Margaret Poplin, Jacksonville Mining & Manufacturing Co., block 388, lots 1-5 and 16-20, $151,500. • Housing & Urban Development to Jason Edward Webb, Greenbrier subdivision, 1st addition, block C, lot 12, $45,000.
• Patrick E. Morgan and Wanda Morgan to Dale R. Karns and Kelley E. Karns, a parcel of land in section 25, township 14, range 8, $10. • Michael E. McKinney and Patsy Lue McKinney to Michael E. McKinney and Patsy Lue McKinney, Tarrymore subdivision, block 1, lot 16, $10. • Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance to Phillip Michael Kines, Anniston Mobile Home Court, 3rd addition, lots 19 and 20, $10. • Fannie Mae to Ronald Brian Norton, Forestbrook East subdivision, block A, lot 6, $130,000. • CitiFinancial Corp. to Southern Charm Properties LLC, a parcel of land in section 33, township 16, range 8, $22,100. • Silver Lakes Developers Inc. to Shirle Malone, a parcel of land in section 20, township 13, range 7, $500. • Jeremy S. Putman to Barbara Ramsay and Lawrence R. Ramsay, a parcel of land in section 30, township 13, range 7, $10. • Alice K. Huddleston to Stacy M. White and Scott W. White, East Ridge re-subdivision of lots 77-91, lot 106, $100. • Hubert M. Doss to Tim Cain Enterprises LLC, Coleman’s subdivision, block 519, lots 20 and 21, $100. • Ralph J. Sherman to Ralph J. Sherman and Thelma L. Sherman, a parcel of land in section 15, township 16, range 7. • Haynes Properties LLC to Gina Jewell, Glencoe, lot 7, $10. • Riccardo Girello Jr. and Terrie A. Girello to David P. Sikorski, Grandview, 9th addition, lot 93, $10. • Bridget Elaine Burney to Charles C. Burgess, a parcel of land in section 7, township 13, range 7, $10. • Kimberly Warren to Chris Warren, a parcel of land in section 27, township 14, range 9, $10. • W. Michael Gardner to Sandra Harris, Sagewood subdivision, lot 9, $1. • Sun West Mortgage Co. Inc. to Housing &
Urban Development, Indian Oaks Estates, lot 92. • Stanton J. Luke and Marva L. Luke to The Stanton J. Luke and Marva L. Luke Revocable Living Trust, Blue Pond subdivision, Holley’s addition, lot 12. • Jake William Christopher to Roy E. Christopher and Bonita F. Christopher, a parcel of land in section 36, township 13, range 7, $10. • Jane F. Williams, Louise W. Lokey, Mary W. Tartt, Richard J. Jones, Kathryn R. Williams, Sherrill W. Dossman, Niena W. Goodwin, Nancy W. Hollingsworth, Molly W. Burr, G. Coke Williams Jr., M. Brooke Williams and James C. Williams to Steed Timber Co. Inc., a parcel of land in sections 13/14, township 15, range 5, $10. • Lizzie Jones Goode-Estate to William Michael Howard and Cynthia M. Howard, a parcel of land in section 25, township 14, range 6, $10. • Milton C. Bryant and Jo Ann Bryant to William Michael Howard and Cynthia M. Howard, a parcel of land in section 25, township 14, range 6, $10. • Judy L. Harrelson and Robert Kent Headrick to Josie Headrick Bonner, a parcel of land in section 22, township 14, range 9, $32,000. • Josie Headrick Bonner and Major Eugene Burns to Thomas Mark Headrick, a parcel of land in section 22, township 14, range 9, $10. • Josie Headrick Bonner and Major Eugene Burns to Josie Headrick Bonner, Regina Perkins and Bridget Oliver, a parcel of land in section 22, township 14, range 9, $10. • Lizzie Jones Goode-Estate to Milton C. Bryant and Jo Ann Bryant, a parcel of land in section 25, township 14, range 6, $10. • Judy L. Harrelson and Robert Kent Headrick to Major E. Burns, a parcel of land in section 22, township 14, range 9, $32,000. • Major Eugene Burns to Major Eugene Burns, Dawn Michelle Munroe, Deanna
Marie Stephens and Brian Heath Burns, a parcel of land in section 22, township 14, range 9, $10. • Major Eugene Burns and Josie Headrick Bonner to Thomas Dewayne Stephens and Deanna D. Stephens, a parcel of land in section 22, township 14, range 9, $10. • Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. to Zahia Mansour Zettili, Jacksonville Mining & Manufacturing Co., block 143, lots 9 and 10, $74,000. • Suanne F. McCullars to The Suanne F. McCullars Restated Revocable Trust, Indian Oaks Estates, section 2, lot 23, $10. • Cider Ridge Alabama LLC to Birch LLC, Cider Ridge subdivision, phase 1 reassessment, block WH, lot 18WH, $40,000. • McCartney Construction Co. LLC to Cassandra Ann Ball, a parcel of land in section 26, township 16, range 7, $10. • James Roush and Pamela C. Roush to Justin Bryant, Hillcrest Heights, Saks 1st addition, block 3, lot 43, $54,000. • Herbert B. Wright and Nancy M. Wright to Rusty L. Reaves, a parcel of land in sections 18/19, township 15, range 6, $10. • Shannon Lance Sams and Allison Foy Sams to Brett J. Hunter and Kelsey J. Hunter, Whites Gap Estates, 5th addition, block F, lot 30, $10. • Cynthia B. Rollins to Matthew E. Cline, M.L. Benefield subdivision, lot 2, $100. • Sarah Jones Traywick Testamentary Trust to Andrew Wayne Traywick, a parcel of land in section 21, township 16, range 8, $100. • Martha B. Reaves to Bridget Reaves Chandler and Emily Beth Reaves Gray, a parcel of land in section 35, township 14, range 8, $10. • Phillip Pritchett to P.D. Pritchett Construction Co. LLC, Gaps Grove subdivision, lot 17, $10. • PHH Mortgage Corp. to Jon Barefield, Greenleaf Heritage subdivision, 2nd addition, block A, lot 21, $50,000.
Tornado Continued from Page 1E Farrell and her son took refuge in a coat closet moments before a tornado touched down on Dove Welch Road. The last thing Farrell said she remembered was clinging to Michael as the winds scooped up their house flinging it down in a nearby ditch. Seven hours later, the pair was still holding tight as rescuers pulled them out from under more than 12 feet of rubble. “They found us still holding on to one another,” Farrell said. “They dug us out that way.” Farrell’s husband Mike, a military policeman stationed in Afghanistan, raced home from his tour to find remnants of his family’s home littering the neighborhood like driftwood, his wife hospitalized with a broken neck, back, ribs and shoulder blade. She also suffered a punctured lung and a small stroke due to the amount of debris piled on her neck. Michael suffered a concussion and a broken nose. To this day he has no memory of the day, or the week leading up to it. The family’s beloved German Shepherd, Woogie, did not survive the storm. Neither did the couple living in the only brick home on the street. The tornado outbreak that swept through Alabama on April 27 took with it life and limb, livelihoods and luxuries. But when the dust settled on Dove Welch Road that day, Farrell was missing much more than her home and health. The largest tornado outbreak ever recorded in the United States had taken from her every precious reminder of a daughter lost MP Unit at Fort McClellan. In long before. addition to caring for his broken family, Mike has worked day and ’A new normal’ night for two years to rebuild their In Webster’s Chapel, evidence home, this time with a basement of the terror of April 27 has made storm shelter complete with steel a slow, steady retreat. Homes door. have been rebuilt — though per“I wonder sometimes if it’s not haps sturdier than before. Injua bomb shelter,” Farrell joked. ries have healed — at least as best The family moved in the first they can. week of December 2011, just Two years later, the Farrells in time for Christmas. Around still bear scars of their ordeal but Webster’s Chapel, a few lingering life is moving forward. debris sites and the ragged tree Aside from the memory loss, line are the only reminders that which his mother considers a remain. The community seems blessing, Michael has fully recov- just about back to normal. ered from his injuries. Not long But Farrell knows that things after graduating high school, he don’t always go back to the joined the Navy. He has since way they were. It’s a lesson she completed basic training and is learned more than a decade ago now in Great Lakes, Ill., training after suffering a loss more devasto be an operations specialist. tating than April’s storms could After multiple back surgeries level — the death of her daughter, and countless hours in physical Stephanie Snow. therapy, Farrell estimates she Stephanie died in July 2000 at is about 40 percent recovered. the age of 11 from lymblastic lymThere are still things she’s unable phoma — bone marrow cancer. to do, pitch hay for the families After that, “whatever normal we four horses or lift much of anyhad was gone,” Farrell said. “We thing. These are tasks she realizes had to try and find a new normal.” she might never do again. The tornado, Farrell said, “But for everything I’ve gone happened so fast she didn’t have through though, (my doctors) say I’m doing really, really well,” she said. Mike was allowed to forgo redeployment in the wake of the storm, and he has since been permanently reassigned to an
Photos by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star
In front of her Webster’s Chapel home, Donna Farrell has built a memorial garden dedicated to her daughter, Stephanie Snow, who died of cancer in 2000 at the age of 11. Though it sits just a few feet away from the house, which was destroyed in the tornado of April 27, 2011, the garden was left undisturbed. time to think about it. The death of her child was another story. “I spent three years watching her deteriorate and there was nothing I could do,” she explained. “You get angry. You get upset and just want to cry, then a numb feeling. Sometimes you do all of them in one day.” In the weeks following the storm, a quilt made for Stephanie by her fifth-grade classmates and a flannel teddy bear, a gift from the girl’s aunt, were the only memories of her daughter that were recovered. “The tornado just took everything. It’s hard to wrap your mind around that,” Farrell said. Among the stolen memories was a gift from Stephanie’s grandfather, a 1930s viola she used to play her way to first place at a state competition in North Dakota. The blue ribbon was swept away as well. “All her pictures, different awards she won, they’re all gone,” her mother said. But perhaps the most heartbreaking loss was a collection of short stories written and illustrated by Stephanie during her many
hospital visits. Farrell’s favorite tale, “The Runaway Angel,” she describes as a child’s innocent but poignant look at a fate she was too young to face. “The runaway angel was a just a regular little girl who didn’t want to be an angel yet,” Farrell explained. “So she ran away.” In the end, the story’s young heroine made a very grown-up decision. “She decided it was more fun to be an angel than to be sick all the time.” Positioned a few feet from the Farrells’ front porch is a small sanctuary with a child’s headstone surrounded by angel statues — a memorial to Stephanie. It is one of the few places on the property the storm left undisturbed, Farrell said. Even the delicate ornaments hanging from narrow tree branches were left in place.
Among the wreckage In the days and weeks following the storm, as Farrell lay in a hospital bed with Mike at her side, volunteers scoured the land
“ Whatever normal we had was gone. We had to try and find a new normal.” — Donna Farrell
where the house had stood gathering up anything that looked like it might have once belonged to someone. Among the objects recovered was Stephanie’s quilt and bear. The rest — rain-soaked clothes and photo albums, broken toys, refrigerator magnets and antique jewelry — all were stored in stacks of cardboard boxes until the day the family could sort out what was theirs, and what was salvageable. It was eight months, Farrell said, before the couple was able to sit down together in their newly erected garage and begin the process. Sifting through what remained from their life before the storm was not always easy for Farrell, who was still in pain from her considerable injuries. “We’d go through one box and I’d cry,” she said. “We’d go through another box and I’d cry.” The majority of the contents were ruined beyond repair by mold or storm damage or an unyielding layer of insulation, Mike said. “Most of it had to be thrown away,” he said. “There was some stuff, pictures — but not much.” Down inside one of those boxes, however, was an 8x10 portrait of a little girl in a light pink zip-up sweater smiling in front of a bright, spring landscape — Stephanie’s fourth-grade school picture. The photo is torn along the bottom and the cheery backdrop is scraped off in places, but Stephanie’s smiling face is unmistakable. Farrell said she’s had someone offer to digitally repair the damage to the picture and transfer it to canvas. Then Stephanie will go right back where she belongs, “hanging in the hallway with the rest of the kids.” It wasn’t her most recent school photo, there was one from fifth grade, Farrell said. Both were snatched from the same spot when the winds tore through the house that day, as were all her school photos that came before. Farrell kept them all in the same frame, stacked one year on top of the other, hanging among a collage of family photos in the home’s hallway. Fourth grade was the only one recovered. It’s another reminder of the chance nature of the disaster, leaving a garden of angels and ornaments undisturbed while devastating a mother and son’s hiding spot a few feet away. The memories it swept away are uncountable — 11 years of Barbies, school clothes, board games, artwork, snapshots. Farrell kept it all, everything that belonged to her daughter, in a bedroom dresser. What has been recovered— a quilt, a memory bear, a hospital ID bracelet, a shiny purple headband, a school photo and a small piece of viola, nearly unrecognizable lying amid the rubble — now fits on top of Farrell’s dresser. And she is grateful for each and every memory it left behind. “I just couldn’t let go of any of her stuff, and then to find this,” Farrell said, trailing off. “I’m overjoyed to have just something of hers.”