Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu March 26, 2015
PHOTO BY: Eilish Palmer

Patsy Fortner gets her first look at her completed home in Mayflower, which was built on the same lot as her 30-year-old home that was destroyed in the April 2014 tornado. The home was built by Christian Aid Ministries, which partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner County and Interfaith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance in Mayflower. Because Fortner has cancer, her home was fully funded through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Also pictured is her friend Jarrel Robertson and Fortner’s daughter-in-law, Charlene Fortner.

Back home again

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For years, Patsy Fortner has dreaded the month of April. Her husband, Danny, died 10 years ago on April 27, and this year that date marks the first anniversary of a deadly tornado that destroyed their home — a home he built — on Fortner Road in Mayflower. “I didn’t salvage anything — absolutely nothing,” Fortner said. She’s lived there 30 years. “My husband bought that property in there and started building homes in there — he built thr... READ MORE

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