Huntsville woman caught in Nepal earthquake returns home

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Beverly Brown, the Huntsville woman traveling in Nepal during last weekend's earthquake is finally home with her family.

It was a stressful week for her family and friends, met with relief and tears at Huntsville International Airport Friday night.

It was a reunion they feared - at least for a moment - wouldn`t happen.

"When you first find out about it, you panic. When you don`t hear anything you fear the worst. Then you get some glimmer of hope and you go full speed at it and try to do whatever you can do to locate your loved one," said Hunter Brown, Beverly's son.

Beverly Brown was on an art tour when the earthquake struck last weekend. The other members of her group are reportedly in good condition.

"She's the number one person in our life, we were going to do anything and everything and beyond to get her back here safely," said Hunter.

He and his family contacted everyone they could to learn if she was okay, and coordinate her return home. It took a team of county, state, national and international leaders. But they finally located Brown and were assured of her safety.

Friday night she stepped off a plane into their anxiously awaiting arms.

"I`m overwhelmed with joy, extremely excited to see my mother, pleased she`s back home. A thousand tons have been lifted off my shoulders, we feel like we can finally sleep tonight."

The family is encouraging the community to help the Nepalese people, including one family who went out of their way to help care for their mother. They ask anyone who can make a donation to contact one of the 12 branches of the First National Bank of Pulaski and make a contribution to the Rachel Brown Matthews Nepal Fundraiser. The Huntsville location is in the Lanier Ford Building on Clinton  Avenue. The phone number is 256-532-2279.

The money can be wired directly to the people on the ground in Nepal to help them in their recovery of this catastrophe.

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