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Peggy Verna Leary
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Birth: May 6, 1950
Death: Apr. 16, 2011
Bertie County
North Carolina, USA

At least two tornadoes hit the county in rapid succession, one doing enough damage to kill 11 people. The twisters descended suddenly, with only about 15 minutes of warning.

"I saw it coming, we got in there, and as soon as we hit the door, boom, it hit," said Roy Lee, whose house was destroyed. "About three minutes max it was over."

When it was over, Lee's neighbor, 60-year-old Peggy Leary, was dead


**A series of powerful tornadoes that swept across six states has left a path of death and destruction unparalleled since the mid-1980s, killing at least 45 people. The violent weather, described by witnesses as like something out of 'The Wizard of Oz' began Thursday but continued through the weekend, spawning 240 tornadoes in the south including Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi. Worst-hit North Carolina experienced a whopping 62 twisters, according to the National Weather Service. North Carolina Public Radio's Leoneda Inge, reporting from Raleigh, described the devastation: "... large trees are broken, powerlines are spread out in the street like spaghetti."

The storm claimed its first lives Thursday night in Oklahoma, then roared through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Authorities have said seven died in Arkansas; seven in Alabama; two in Oklahoma; and one in Mississippi. In Virginia, local emergency officials reported seven storm-related deaths, said Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokesman Bob Spieldenner.
Ashland Baptist Church Cemetery
Bertie County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Marilyn
Record added: Apr 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68607995
Peggy Verna Leary
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Peggy Verna Leary
Added by: Jeri O
Peggy Verna Leary
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- Marilyn
 Added: Apr. 19, 2011

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