Thousands of people on the Coast lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Not many of them were in their 80s though.
John and Maryalice Miner were both 80 years old when their Lovers Lane home in Ocean Springs washed out to sea, leaving nothing behind but a slab. Despite the loss, they were both determined to rebuild their home and start their lives anew.
What helped was the iconic toy store they own in downtown Ocean Springs, which opened 28 years ago. That store was the glue that held their dreams of rebuilding together.
Also, community support for the couple helped in a big way. Today, the Miners are now 90 years old and have been married for 69 years. They both say that despite their losses, Katrina actually strengthened their bond.
Doug Walker sat down with the couple today to hear their stories. Watch for the uplifting story tonight on WLOX News and on WLOX.com.