'Cali’s in my heart': Resilient mother puts her life back together after Pilger tornadoes

Article Date: Jul 8, 2015

Below is a story that ran in the Omaha World-Herald about Kandi Murphree, who came to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center with trauma resulting from the 2014 tornadoes in Pilger, Nebraska. She was transferred to CHI Rehabilitation at Immanuel.

By Natasha Rausch / World-Herald staff writer

PILGER, Neb. — Kandi Murphree crossed the plywood walkway leading to her new house on Fourth Street.

She placed her black ankle boots on the porch beside the row of 18 other pairs of shoes before stepping inside. A slew of Mennonite volunteers who had built the house stood shoeless in a circle inside the unfurnished family room.

Murphree’s 5-year-old daughter, Robin Dixon, ran past the group and made a beeline for her room, where she found a virtually empty space — except in one corner, where Target bags filled with “Frozen”-related toys sat waiting for her. She broke open the “Frozen” sing-along boombox.

With the movie music as a backdrop, the Rev. Terry Makelin began the ceremony.
“Peace be to this home and all who dwell here,” he said.

Read the whole story at Omaha.com.


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