The True Meaning of Family

June 25, 2006, posted at 10:00 PM CDT

MARMADUKE, AR -- It's been almost three months since the devastating tornado left Marmaduke in shambles, and since then residents have been rebuilding and picking up the pieces.

Linda Jamison and her brothers and sisters were hard at work Sunday restoring their mother's home.

"There's five of us kids...we've all pitched in on demolition in rebuilding," said Jamison.  "We've got a new roof on it, we have all the lighting and the plumbing done, we're putting down the floors.  Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we can get the windows trimmed out and the interior doors up, and move mama back home," she added.

Their mother, Luvine Hass, has been in California since the storm hit, and they can't wait for her to see her new home.

"I think my mom is going to be thrilled to death," said David Hass.  "It's going to be a whole new house.  I'm looking forward to seeing her face when she see's it."

The children were excited that they've made progress so quickly.

"When the house was declared totaled, within 10 days, we had our insurance money and we were able to start rebuilding," said Jamison.

The family has done about 80-85 percent of the work themselves.  They've come together and put in long hours, all out of love for their mother.

"It's coming along real nice...can't wait for it to be over with...we'll get her moved back home," said Jean Hass.

This is one example of what it means when family sticks together.