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Family remembers grandmother, latest tornado victim

MOORE, Okla. – A local family is mourning after their grandmother lost her battle with injuries she received in the tornado that hit her home May 20.

After the twister, 90-year-old Kathryn Begay suffered a massive head injury, a heart attack

Kathryn's house after the tornado

Kathryn’s house after the tornado

and two strokes.

She died early Thursday morning.

Stephen Begay said, “We were able to gather the family and we were there when she passed.”

Stephan Begay is an EMSA paramedic and Kathryn’s grandson.

He risked his own life to save his grandmother right after the tornado hit her home in May.

Kathryn and two of her grandchildren, Amber and Stephen

Kathryn and two of her grandchildren: Amber and Stephen

Kathryn was born and raised on a farm in Oklahoma.

Her family described her as ornery and a wonderful woman who was devoted to God.

“Almost everything I am now as a man I can attribute to my grandmother,” Begay said. “She always pushed me that extra bit, to always take care of other people and put other people first.”

Begay wants people to remember his grandmother for her spunk, her faith and her compassion for people.

He said, “She was the poster child for Oklahoma Spirit; born and raised on the plains and farms of Oklahoma. This dirt was in her blood.”

The family is planning a private graveside ceremony.

Kathryn was a Caddo Indian and a veteran, and will be buried with honor.

In place of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Integris Hospice Foundation.