Linden woman: Storm took mother's life

Posted April 18, 2011

— A Linden woman died when her house collapsed in Saturday's spate of tornadoes, and her husband and daughter were injured.

Priscilla Lindbom, 47, said she lived next door to her aging and ailing parents to help them out. She took them lunch on Saturday and was visiting with Dorothy Chambers, 82, and Grady Chambers, 78, at their home at 3467 Vault Field Road when the storm hit. 

"I was going to go back home, but the weather got bad, so I decided to stay with them," she said.

Lindbom said the family heard a loud noise and the home began to shake. It flipped and traveled more than 100 feet, she said. The trio was tossed with it.

Lindbom said she found her father alert and breathing, but by the time she got to her mother, she had died. Dorothy Chambers died in the rubble. 

 Linden woman killed in storm

The Chambers had been married for more than 50 years. He is a retired Army sergeant major, and they are the parents of three. They had lived in the Fayetteville area for more than 30 years.

"You never know. It took only seconds," Lindbom said. "One minute mom was there, the next minute she wasn't."

Grady Chambers was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was being treated for a head injury and a broken collar bone. Lindbom was treated for minor injuries.


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  • Godschild43 Apr 19, 2011

    Praying for this family and for everyone that was in the path of this storm.

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  • tao90 Apr 18, 2011

    I have empathy for this family. Bless you guys.

  • go fish Apr 18, 2011

    Truely sad to hear about more loss of life. It's a bit odd, but I could swear the first picture shown is from Snow Hill NC. I drove thru there yesterday morning early and the scene I drove up on (coming in on Hwy 13 from Goldsboro) looked EXACTLY like that picture. The position/proxiity of the house to the road, the position/proximity of the white windowless SUV in the ditch beside the house, everything. Seems way too coincidental. But again more importantly, truely sorry to hear about the loss.

  • rayne0524 Apr 18, 2011

    My prayers go out to this family.

  • luvmyjackrascal Apr 18, 2011

    Wow - you can tell it's Monday!

  • Call It Like I See It Apr 18, 2011

    I couldn't imagine... :(

  • waddellmccoy Apr 18, 2011

    God bless this family

  • carmenhiller1 Apr 18, 2011

    My heart goes out to the family.

  • ListentoMeNow Apr 18, 2011

    Computer trainer thank you!!!! I knew I could not have been the only person who found confusion in this. The story was very poorly written. The deceased should have been named first, not the daughter that was visiting her. It is sad that this poor writing is all too common on this site.