She sewed until the sun came up and down and came up again.

A person “who never met a stranger,” Peola Battle, 51, of Oklahoma City, made friends wherever she went, said her daughter, Janet Battle. Janet Battle said her mother and father, Calvin Battle, had gone to the Murrah building to apply for disability assistance for Calvin, who recently had suffered a stroke. Since her husband could not drive, Peola drove him to his appointment. Calvin Battle also was killed in the bombing. Janet Battle described her mother as a “Christian lady” who attended Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Janet Battle said her mother and father raised four daughters, including herself.

Field of Empty Chairs

Peola Battle
Peola Battle
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
1st Floor
Social Security Administration

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