47-Year-Old Love Letter Found In Granbury Tornado Debris

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GRANBURY (CBS 11 NEWS) – Amid the tons of debris left in the wake of the Granbury tornado, precious mementos are tucked in the rubble, as well.

“I found a letter, it said, ‘my darling sweet Glenda… 1966’,” says Lynn English.  “Very sweet letter, and my daughter and I pretty much cried yesterday picking up all these things.  I want to get it back to the family.”

And now, she has.

Glenda Whitehead, 64, and Robert Whitehead, 69, died together in Wednesday’s tornado.  And as heartbreaking as the loss is for the family, a relative told CBS 11 today that neither “would have been worth a plug nickel without the other.”

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Family members say the Whiteheads had no children; but, were the adoring aunt and uncle that could be counted on to spoil the younger family members, while adoring each other for 48 years.

The love letter was just one of what became a bag full of pictures, old report cards and papers that English collected from her yard– the tornado having picked up and strewn the items for miles.

“All these pictures and postcards and letters… it’s heartbreaking,” says English.

Volunteers are helping to comb through the piles of debris searching for personal items.  Located items are being collected at the Hood County Library.

“It seems trivial when someone loses a house,” says Courtney Kincaid, Director of the Hood County Library.  “But, maybe, it’s something to help them get through it.”

Kincaid says someone even found a half of a will.  Any sensitive items containing financial information curity numbers will be kept behind the counter at the library.  But, Kincaid is encouraging storm victims to stop by the library to look through the growing pile of pictures and postcards that have been recovered.

“It’s their life.  It’s moments of their life and I think they’ll appreciate it.”

The Whitehead’s family certainly has.

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