LOUISA — Samantha Wood was a 14-year-old girl who loved poetry, Harry Potter and her grandmother, not necessarily in that order.
Joyce Chaffins, 65, loved going to church, cooking meals for her family, and her grandchildren, especially Samantha.
So at their joint funeral on Thursday, friends and family clung to the idea of them leaving this life together.
Both were killed Friday when a tornado hit their mobile home on Little Blaine Road, deep in Lawrence County.
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"If she had to go, with Samantha, it was the best way," said Lori Hill, Chaffins' adopted daughter and best friend of Samantha's mother, Karen Wood.
Karen Wood had left her mother's house Friday to get supplies, anticipating being without power for some time. Her sons, Austin and Tyler Wood, survived the storm, and her father, Glen Chaffins, had improved enough from injuries that he was able to attend the funeral.
Samantha was born in Pontiac, Mich., where Joyce Chaffins had worked as a crossing guard. About 10 years ago, the family moved to Kentucky.
"She was so happy and always so jolly and friendly," the Rev. Roger Ross said of Chaffins during the service.
He had noticed that Chaffins and Wood were inseparable.
"Anytime you've seen one, you've seen the other," he said. "And they left this world together."
Ross said both women had made their spiritual preparations. Only a few years before, Samantha had decided to be baptized at her grandmother's church. One of the pictures displayed at Wilson Funeral Home showed her knee-deep in water, smiling with Ross by her side.
"They went to be with the Lord today," said the Rev. Ronnie Childers, who also preached at the service. "But they left us a hope."
As the coffins were loaded into hearses to be taken for burial at a family cemetery in West Virginia, groups of Samantha's friends clustered together in tears.
"She was the nicest girl you ever met," said her friend Nicole Napier.
Schools were closed in Lawrence County for the funeral, as they have been for most of the week. Even as people in Louisa mourned, others were coming to grips with a storm that spared their lives but took nearly everything else.
Just a few miles away from the funeral, Chapman, once a picturesque valley hamlet, now lies in splinters.
Huge swaths of downed trees, all of them snapped like twigs, cover the broad hillsides, along with the remains of houses that used to sit along the road. Insulation is sprinkled like pink confetti through what trees remain.
Thomas Bailey and his family still have the first floor of their house; the second floor and garage now litter the fields and trees behind it.
Bailey was trying to get across the street to his mother's basement with his wife and 2-year-old when the tornado hit. None of them got there; instead they clung to a tree until the storm passed.
Bailey, his wife, Heather, and their three kids picked through the remains of toys and furniture Thursday to see what could be saved.
He's still too traumatized to speak much about the tornado. His mother and grandmother, whose houses also were practically destroyed, have found refuge in the cabins at Yatesville Lake State Park, along with families from the roughly 12 other homes in the area that were destroyed.
Michelle and Michael Jude and their two children cowered in their bathtub as the tornado lifted their entire house and dashed it into the fields below. There's nothing left but the foundation. Building blocks and a Disney princess car remain lodged in the mud.
A group of students from Lawrence County High School searched through the wreckage Thursday morning, picking up debris and looking for personal items.
Michelle Jude's father, Bobby Chapman, picked through the piles as bulldozers scooped up wreckage. His grandchildren are still traumatized, he said.
"The little girl just says, 'nado took my house,' " he said.