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Granbury marks 1 year since deadly tornadoes

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GRANBURY, Texas - Six trees were planted in Granbury on Thursday to honor those who died during last year's deadly tornadoes.

It's been one year since 19 twisters roared across North Texas. The areas that were hit the worst were Cleburne and Granbury, southwest of Fort Worth.

Victims who lost their lives included Robert and Glenda Whitehead, Jose Alvarez, Leo Stefanski, Tommy Martin and Marjari Davis. Hundreds more were affected.

Many in the crowd during the tree planting event lived in Habitat for Humanity homes, and 60 were damaged in the storm. They were all rebuilt.

""I have never seen such dedication to help a community that has suffered such loss and heart ache. We are truly blessed by the people locally and from abroad who are helping these displaced families have a home again," said Marilyn Luton with a recovery committee known as Tornado Finance Relief in Granbury.

Many of the new homes have storm shelters, and Texas A&M students are helping to create a hazard plan in case of future tornadoes.

Kay Laney's camper was blown apart without her in it. Now, she has a new modular home donated from Fort Hood.

But not all Rancho Brazos residents have been so lucky.

“I've got a long ways to go,” said Charles Youngblood,

Youngblood's grandfather built his house in 1974. It was stripped to its frame, without insurance.

Youngblood has reconstructed it piece by piece with money donated from the Red Cross, but he's about to have surgery and can't physically or financially repair the home for his family.

I see all these people getting modular homes, and it's going to take me a lot longer to do mine by myself,” he said.

For Bernice Tucker, sister of victim Glenda Whitehead, surprise and joy came in the form of photos on Thursday. She got a black and white photo, showing Glenda pictured with her parents in 1947.

“It was carried off in the tornado, and by God's grace, somebody returned it to the library and I found it today,” said Tucker.

Granbury's library director started cataloging photographs found all over Hood County so they could be returned.

Granbury received more than $600,000 in donations to rebuild, and volunteers donated 500,000 hours.

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