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Community of Midway hard-hit in tornado

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

MIDWAY, MS (WLBT) - Grace Coker's Wednesday was bittersweet.  She salvaged furniture, family heirlooms, and pictures that can't be replaced.  But the tornado took so much more with it, including the life of her older sister, 78-year-old Stella Martin, who lived in a mobile home next door.

"I'm more heartbroken over my sister than I am material possessions," said Coker.

Stella's niece, Kathy Coker, tried to help.

"I checked her vital signs.  I knew she was gone.  I held my hand over her mouth to see if she still had breath.  She didn't," Kathy said.

But Kathy had her own tragedy to deal with.  After riding the storm out in her car with her husband, she looked up to see her own mobile home ripped off its foundation and tossed down a hill. 

"I don't think we've woke up yet from all that," she said.

Lynn Edwards and her husband had to race to Midway from Florida and Texas respectively.  They planned to move back to Midway soon, and most of their possessions were being stored there.  The couple was thankful for volunteer help.

"Oh man, I don't wanna get into that," Lynn said, stifling tears.  "It breaks my heart because all of these people are so nice."

One volunteer group, Bread of Life, came from Kentucky.  The relief ministry got its start after Hurricane Katrina. 

"Most of us are retired," said Bread of Life member David Meeks.  "We go from disaster to disaster helping people.  We help anybody."

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