The Norman Transcript


May 20, 2014

Couple mourns loss of young lives



The trauma of their experience also has had psychological consequences.

“We really watch the weather this year,” he said.

The Chastains do not intend to attend any memorials or other remembrance services today. They just want the day to pass so that they can move past it.

Wilma said she feels a strange sense of loss over a quilt that was in their car. The car was turned into what Dennis describes as “a lump of metal.” They found the car and tried to retrieve the quilt that was in it, but the tornado had twisted it up with the metal of the car and the quilt could not be extracted.

“There was something about that quilt,” Wilma said. “It was a flag, and it had stars on it, and it was so patriotic. It really didn’t have any sentimental value, but it seemed like something I should have.”

She is disappointed she couldn’t get that quilt out of the car.

“I just had a connection to that quilt, and I don’t even know who made it,” she said.

Wilma said a kind lady heard the story of her quilt and gave her a beautiful, homemade quilt.

Joy Hampton



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