Jefferson City Parks and Rec uncovers one woman's lost memories

4 years 11 months 4 days ago Tuesday, June 30 2015 Jun 30, 2015 Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:16:00 PM CDT June 30, 2015 in News
By: Sam Knef, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

CEDAR CITY - 22 years ago, Patty Green lost memories she thought she'd never get back. The flood of 1993 wiped out almost everything her family had, including pictures of her, her daughter Lena, and her newborn granddaughter Cera.

On Tuesday, however, Green was able to reclaim some photographs of her daughter that she lost so many years ago.

"I was shocked, I just couldn't believe it," she said. "I'm just glad to have them back."

Jefferson City Parks and Recreation was constructing a walking trail on the patch of land in old Cedar City (currently North Jefferson Recreation Area) where Green's family lived in 1993. That's when Andrew Bax spotted the photographs.

"I seen something that looked like paper," Bax said. I picked it up and seen it was a photograph of a mother holding a baby and I thought, boy, I thought to myself that could be the only picture they have left." (Read more.)

Green and her grand daughter

 

Green's daughter Lena with her daughter Cera

Green said she couldn't express how happy she was to have the pictures. She thought the flood had taken everything.

"I thought I lost all the family pictures, the only thing that was left in my trailer was the frame," she said.

Green said she found out about the pictures after Jefferson City Parks and Recreation's posted them to its Facebook page.

Green said she couldn't believe the pictures seemed so well preserved.

"I couldn't believe they looked this good," she said. "It's a miracle."

Patty's daughter Lena passed away in February last year.

"They say she had a seizure, they're not for sure. She just came home and the next morning her husband found her passed away," Green said. "That's why these are so precious to me. Now I've got some memories of her when she was younger, and the baby."

Green's granddaughter now lives in Tuscumbia, Missouri. Green and just had a baby of her own. Green said she still had not yet talked to her granddaughter about the pictures.

"She'll probably break down and cry like I do," she said. "She was really close to her mother."

Green went to the site where the pictures were found to personally thank the people who found them.

Bax said, "That brought me to tears, that she was tickled to death that that was her only pictures of her grandchildren and her daughter. I was glad that I could do that for her."

Green said she was happy that Jefferson City Parks and Recreation thought to put the pictures on Facebook.

"They could have just thrown them away, you know," she said. "I just hope by some miracle, they'll find some more pictures of somebody else's family."

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – Boone County elections are being held today, and they look a little different than normal. COVID-19 precautions,... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 6:12:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Around 10:50 p.m. the Columbia Police Department tweeted and said Daniel Wood had been located. @ColumbiaPD... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 2:52:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — The City of St. Louis is under a curfew starting Tuesday at 9 p.m. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 12:46:00 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Life today is razor's-edge tense. If your regular coping methods aren't measuring up, there are science-backed actions we... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 12:33:24 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are investigating a reported armed robbery involving a pizza delivery driver late Monday night. According... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:44:28 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Gunfire damaged several homes in northeast Columbia early Tuesday, though no injuries have been reported. Police responded... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:37:09 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a reported home invasion on Aspen Heights Parkway, during which three people apparently broke in... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:33:23 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — Four St. Louis police officers were shot and injured during violent protests in the city Monday... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 8:13:00 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - One person from Camdenton was killed Tuesday morning in a crash on US Highway 54 in Camden... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 7:47:00 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
(CNN) - The police chief of Louisville, Kentucky, has been fired after officials discovered two police officers involved in fatal... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 6:08:22 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 5:08:00 AM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Protestors continued to gather downtown Columbia after the sun went down Monday night. The group of about... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 10:31:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Several hundred protestors gathered at the Missouri State Capitol Monday to honor the death of George Floyd.... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 10:15:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department made arrests in two separate weapons offenses on Monday, according to press... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:56:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's governor is cutting another $209 million from this year's budget in response to declining... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:34:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with Columbia Public Schools superintendent Peter Stiepleman on Monday about the bond measure voters will... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:22:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Many camps are choosing to go virtual this year so that parents can still give their children an... More >>
2 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 5:13:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
10pm 77°
11pm 76°
12am 72°
1am 72°