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Americus home destroyed by tornado, replaced

May 11, 2007

Americus-  An Americus woman thrown 500 feet from her home during the March first tornado still has no idea how she survived. The home was ripped apart. She moved into that home on Mother's Day 12 years ago. This Mother's Day she'll move into her new home, built in record time by volunteers.

When daylight broke March second, all that remained of Mary Smith's home were the front steps. The home took a direct hit and broke apart with Smith and her 48 year old son Larry inside.

"I lost everything, but those steps there, they didn't save a teaspoon not a teaspoon," said Smith.

Mary broke four ribs, her clavicle, and was cut by debris. She still has scars.

"Some on my arm," said Mary.

Not having a home has been the hardest to overcome, this weekend that too will heal.

"I just love it because It got plenty of room in here," said Smith.

There's been a lot of changes for Smith in the last two months. Smith no longer wears the sling she wore at the groundbreaking, and this new home will be a change too.

"My living room and dining room were all together now they got them separated," explained Mary.

Mary has carefully watched over the construction and now those same steps have a new house attached.

"I love it, I love it, yep, I love it," said Smith.

For the woman who's been living with her son for the past two months, she's learned the biggest lesson in life.

"Ain't no place like your own," said Smith.

Mary Smith's home was a Habitat for Humanity house. The organization built the new home on the same lot at 702 East Church Street. A dedication for the home will be held Saturday.

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