Reunited Mother, Daughter Heading Back

Published: January 2, 2006 | 3162nd good news item since 2003

Two more Hurricane Katrina evacuees were scheduled to leave Greeneville for Louisiana today.

Mrs. Clothilde Mack departed late Friday morning aboard a motor home whose use had been donated, and former St. Bernard Parish resident Cynthia Parr and her daughter, Nicole LeBlanc, were scheduled to leave Greeneville today for their native state.

Stephanie Adsit, in whose Buckingham Road home Parr and LeBlanc have been living since early November, said during a Friday interview that Parr and LeBlanc were scheduled to fly to New Orleans from Tri-Cities TN/VA Regional Airport this morning.

Adsit said Parr and LeBlanc had decided to relocate to Gray, La., about 50 miles from New Orleans. She noted that Parr and LeBlanc have family in Gray and that LeBlanc has two children who live there.

To help the mother and daughter reestablish themselves in Louisiana, Adsit said, local volunteers raised money and obtained donations of food, appliances and other household items.

“It all left by U-Haul trailer this morning,” Adsit said on Friday.

She noted that Lenny Lawson, of Lawson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile/Mountain Mazda Mitsubishi, had donated use of a pickup truck to tow a U-Haul trailer rented at a discounted price from U-SAV Auto Center on Snapps Ferry Road.

Volunteers left Friday morning to tow the trailer carrying the household goods of Parr and LeBlanc to Louisiana so those items would be at the mobile home in which they are to live when they arrive.

Adsit said a number of local churches and individuals had donated money and other items to help Parr and LeBlanc.

The pair were scheduled to depart Tri-Cities Regional Airport about 10 a.m. today and to arrive in New Orleans shortly before 2 p.m., Adsit said.

Had Been Separated

Parr, a St. Bernard Parish, La., resident, had been evacuated to an American Red Cross shelter at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center here in September in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

She and LeBlanc, her daughter, had become separated during the hurricane and were not reunited until Nov. 1, when LeBlanc, 25, arrived by bus in Greeneville, thanks to the persistence of local volunteers who had worked for weeks to locate her.

“I’ve never felt this glad in my life,” Parr said shortly after a tearful reunion with her daughter beside a Greyhound bus that brought the young woman to Greeneville. “I had no clue where she was. A couple of times, I almost gave up.”

After sharing a long hug with her mother, Nicole said she felt “wonderful.” Asked if she was glad to be reunited with her mother, Nicole replied, “Very much so.”

Parr said the separation from her daughter had been devastating for her.

“I hope no other mother has to go through it,” she added.

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