October 24, 2011
Cyndy Carder and her mother, Billie Shanks, pose with the roof tiles they received courtesy of Missouri Mansion Preservation. The women lost their original hand-painted tiles when their Joplin homes were destroyed in the May 22 tornado.
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In Billie Shanks’ home on Missouri Avenue in Joplin, an old black roofing tile hung with the image of a bluebird, redbuds and dogwoods. She would stare at the Christmas gift each day as she started her morning in her kitchen.