Tornado claims life

A 90-year-old Clovis woman who died Tuesday is the first casualty of Friday’s tornado. CNJ file photo

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

A 90-year-old woman injured in Friday’s tornado died this morning.

Heleneta Blevins passed at 4:50 a.m. in her eldest son’s home, according to her eldest son, Bob Blevins.

A local hospice provided services, he said.

Her death marks the first tornado fatality in Clovis’ 100-year history, according to Clovis News Journal archives and the Web site

Family members said the tornado threw Blevins from her trailer on South Prince Street.

Betty Denton said her mother suffered brain hemorrhaging as a result of injuries from the tornado.

Family members said she was in good health and lived alone prior to the storm.

The trailer Blevins lived in near her son was demolished, its frame wrapped around two trees.

Officials said 35 people were injured in Friday’s tornado, which also destroyed more than 50 homes and businesses and damaged close to 500 structures.

Blevins is survived by her three children, Betty Denton, Bob Blevins and Jim Blevins; nine grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.

Walter Cravy, also 90, remained in the intensive care unit at a Lubbock hospital on Monday. He and Blevins were believed to be the most seriously injured in the storm.