How do you give a turkey a bath?
Very carefully, says 79-year-old Betty Butler, a resident of Grace Living Center Edmond.
Butler said her experience with turkeys goes well beyond preparing the big birds for the Thanksgiving feast. She grew up on a farm in Carter County, where her family raised several hundred turkeys each year.
“We got them from a hatchery in Pauls Valley and raised them in the house until they were able to go outside,” Butler said. “My mother sold them at a farmer’s market in Ardmore for 10 cents a pound. It was a lot of work, but I always cried when they were sold.”
Still, saying goodbye to the feathered fowl had a silver lining.
“That was our Thanksgiving money, our Christmas money and our money for clothes,” she said. “We knew we’d get a new pair of shoes and a new dress.”
Bathing the birds wasn’t a regular chore, she said, but a necessity when the birds would wander into a nearby asphalt pit and get stranded.
“We’d have dig them out and then wash them in salt and water,” she said.
While the family also ate turkey on Thanksgiving, it wasn’t Butler’s favorite dish that day. Her grandmother made a legendary homemade coconut cake, which Butler also learned to create for her children.
“That coconut cake is the best thing you’ll ever have,” she said.
Butler, fellow residents and their families will share a special Thanksgiving meal together on Tuesday at Grace Living Center, 2420 S. Rankin in Edmond.
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House approves $45M aid package for tornado victims
As rain poured this morning on disaster relief workers in the Moore and Oklahoma City areas, the Oklahoma House of Representatives unanimously approved a $45 million aid package to provide relief to those impacted by Monday’s EF-5 tornado.
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Rescue workers, tornado victims find respite in college dorms
Monday’s tornado put an estimated 20,000 people out of their houses, which were damaged or destroyed. Some of those victims — and the rescue workers who’ve come to help them — are staying a few miles south, in dormitories at the University of Oklahoma.
More than 300 individuals and families left homeless by the storm are staying at OU, where the university is providing beds, hot water and meals, often delivered by a familiar face. The university also housed 287 first-responders from Texas, Nebraska, Kansas and Tennessee.
Mom delivered baby as tornado struck
Shayla Taylor’s second child was moments from birth as an EF-5 tornado bore down on Moore Medical Center on Monday afternoon.
Her labor was too far along to move her to safety with the rest of those in the hospital, her nurses decided. So as her husband, Jerome, and their 4-year-old son, Shaiden, went downstairs with the others, she and four nurses stayed upstairs and braced for the worst.
Storm-weary residents return to their homes
Digging through the rubble of an unrecognizable city, people in this Oklahoma City suburb found familiar pieces of life before Monday’s tornado.
Work crews recovered a dresser that belonged to Rachel Hernandez from the remains of her home near Southeast Fourth Street and Bryant Avenue. Inside was a treasured photo of her grandmother at age 17.
“I had an entire collection of family photos in that dresser,” said Hernandez, who also salvaged a German antique pot, as well as some mementoes she didn’t recognize.
Oklahoma tornado victims identified
Ten children — including two infants — are among those killed by a monster tornado that slashed through parts of Oklahoma City and this suburb Monday afternoon.
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• 24: Killed, including 10 children.
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