The Norman Transcript

State/Region

May 24, 2013

Tornado took town’s youngest as it swept through Moore

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MOORE —

Hemant Bhonde, 65: Bhonde was a kind man who made friends easily and would do anything to help anybody out.

He took refuge from the storm with his wife, Jerrie. The couple waited inside the shower, clinging to each other as the tornado destroyed the couple’s home.

Jerrie Bhonde remembers that suddenly, the couple’s bathroom disappeared.

“Walls were hitting me. I was knocked on the floor,” she told NBC News from her hospital bed, where she was recovering from her injuries.

The couple’s daughter, Geeta, described her father as “a generous, caring man.”

“Funny, silly, I mean, give you the shirt off his back, literally. The best guy you’ll ever meet,” Geeta told the news station.

Randy Smith, 39: Smith enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing video games and watching movies with his son, according to his obituary.

He attended U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City and was an electrician, living in Moore.

Survivors include his son, parents, two sisters, a brother and a grandfather.

Jeany Neely, 38: Neely was always available to those in need.

“Jeany was a great loving caring mother whose first love was her two sons,” her obituary said. “She also had a heart for animals and she loved every stray dog she ever met.”

Neely was a nurse at Midwest City Nursing Center and had spent most of her career working in the health care industry and was also described as athletic and a person who enjoyed working out.

Cindy Plumley, 49: Plumley’s family was her life.

A licensed nurse, she worked at a veterans center in nearby Norman.

“She enjoyed spending every moment she had with her children and grandchildren,” her family wrote in her obituary.

Deanna Ward, 70: Ward was described by her daughter, Shelly Irvin, as the “best mom in the world.”

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