Lily’s Story

Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Chapter 7: Searching St. John’s

by Carolyn Mueller

A few days into the recovery from the Joplin tornado, Tara and Lily were assigned to search what was left of St. John’s Hospital. They needed to go to the roof, they were told, though it was unclear whether the building was structurally sound. The tornado hit the hospital dead on. There had been a scramble to save patients the night of the storm.

A group of firefighters surrounded Lily and Tara in a tight circle as they ascended the remains of the hospital’s stairs. The windows were blown out, and holes were torn in the walls.

Heights frightened Tara, but they didn’t scare Lily.

In the heat of the search, she sniffed everywhere, intent on her target. Tara clung to her dog with a taut leash, lest Lily stray too close to a gaping hole. Tara’s stomach lurched as she climbed up and up toward the

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    Lily’s Story

    By Carolyn Mueller

    Chapter 6: The aftermath

    A cloudy dawn brokeover Joplin on May23, 2011.

    Tara Prosser and Lily woke to a new world. Though their house suffered only cosmetic damage, the landscape surrounding them was greatly altered.

    Lily and Tara were sent to search the Home Depot on Rangeline. Rangeline is the aorta of Joplin, running right through the middle of town, host to major shopping centers, day cares and the high school. The Home Depot was split wide open by the storm, its contents spilling across the ground.

    When Tara and Lily arrived, they encountered an alien world. It was a foreign

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    Lily’s Story

    Chapter 4: Lily’s Illness

    By Carolyn Mueller

    It was a warm late spring day in 2011 when Tara first noticed a swelling on Lily’s neck. Lily didn’t eat that night, and she began to pace. Tara Prosser knew something was wrong. A discoloration grew in Lily’s eye, and she began bumping into walls.

    Monday morning, Tara awoke to find that Lily’s condition was worse. She rushed her beloved friend to the local veterinarians, who were completely stumped by Lily’s problem. They advised Tara to take Lily to the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Clinic in Stillwater, 180 miles away, as soon as possible.

    Without her

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    Cedar County Historical Society collects ink, printer cartridges

    Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Members present were Nichols, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Potts, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith.

    Treasurer Kay Snow has advised us that we again have enough money in the Building Fund checking account to invest. Members gave their permission for her to do so at the best yield and term currently available and to keep any remainder after investment in the checking account.


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    Witt, Murrell engagement announced

    Barry and Katherine Witt and Steve and Donna Murrell are happy to announce the engagement of their children,

    Khloe’ Elizabeth Witt and Nathan Vaughn Murrell.

    The bride to be is a 2009 graduate of El Dorado Christian school and is attending Missouri Southern in Joplin. The groom to be is a 2003 graduate of El Dorado Springs high school and is employed at DairiConcepts.

    A winter wedding is being

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    Fugate, Kennedy, Huff to hold reunion

    The Fugate, Kennedy, Huff family reunion is scheduled for Sunday, August 12, at the Sac Osage meeting room.  Bring your table service and something good to eat.

    Lunch will be at 12:30 pm. See you there.

    Hillsmans hold 44th family reunion

    Descendants of Albert and Nancy Jane (Snow) Hillsman gathered for their 44th family reunion on July 1, 2012, in the El Dorado Springs Community Center with 85 present. Don Hertzberg gave thanks and a basket dinner followed.

    Present for the gathering were: Bennie, Debi, Danielle, Jake, Clarence and Dorlis Hillsman and Brent and Vicki Hillsman – Schell City; Raymond and Clara Mae Garrison, Dallas Jones, Justin Oberly, Jason, Bobbi, Hadley and Tatum Abbiatti – Springfield; Whitney and Cory Gayman – Republic. Traci

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Community Archived

    The Band Plays On

    This last weekend was a blast with Polka Night on Saturday evening. It was the first time we ever had a Polka Night – and come to find out, Aug.

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    – Leo Lady took this picture of a butterfly sunning itself on a sunflower in his backyard.

    Cards of Thanks

    We would like to express our thanks to our friends in El Dorado Springs for the cards, letters and calls regarding our 65th anniversary. We think

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