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May 24, 2013

Faces of the storm



She died in Monday’s storm in the closet of her home about a block from Plaza Elementary School while holding hands with her son.

Her son survived.

Ward was a retired nurse and was frail, and Irvin told The Oklahoman her son did not have enough time to get their mother into a car and leave the area.

“My brother and I have been through a lot of struggles and she never gave up on us. She was always there,” Irvin told the newspaper.


Rick Jones, 54: Jones was a well-liked postal worker and member of the Oklahoma City Area Local, according to the American Postal Workers Union.

“The devastation suffered by the community is almost too much to bear,” Human Relations Director Sue Carney said. “At last count, at least 12 postal employees lost everything.”

The homes of nine APWU members were destroyed, and dozens more had significant damage, Carney said.


Gina Stromski, 51: Gina was born and raised in south Oklahoma City and graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1980. Gina was fiercely independent, but kind, loving and generous to a fault. She was so strong, but had such a soft heart and empathy when it came to other people.

She had a special love of animals and loved her pets as her children. We take comfort in knowing she had her dog and constant companion, Wylie, by her side and was not alone.

To say she loved OKC Thunder and OU football would be an understatement. Gina had a deep and abiding faith and love of God. She trusted Him in her daily journey. Her family takes comfort in knowing she’s reaping her heavenly rewards for her life of service to others.


Robert Dick, 65: Dick fell down basement steps running for cover and had a heart attack and died.

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