Oklahoma's Bittersweet Holiday

At Ridgecrest Baptist Church, leveled by Monday's tornadoes, they worshipped beneath a tent. It was supposed to have been a Mother's Day service, reports CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts, but it became a Sunday to soothe a father's soul.

Robert Williams lost his wife. But his granddaughter survived. The congregation laid hands and lifted prayers for Williams.

A sheriff's deputy rescued his granddaughter, Aleah, 10 months old, after she was tossed 400 feet from her grandparents' home. "I thank God for her," said Williams. " She's a blessing, she's alive."

But Robert Williams' wife of 28 years died in his arms. "I couldn't hold nothing but her head," he said. "I know she was dying. All she could do was cry. When she died, the only thing I could get was this wedding band."

The twister took all of their pictures, their house, and the plans they had for this weekend.

"I have the card I bought for her for Mother's Day," said Williams. "I signed it and put it in the casket for the burial."

Without a home or insurance, Williams says he will stay with friends. He encouraged the congregation to stay close to one another, and to the women they love.

"You never know when you're going to lose them, so when you have one, you sure better take care of her, because when it's gone, it's gone."

Sunday in Oklahoma, a father gave Mother's Day new meaning.

On Saturday, President Clinton got a firsthand look at the devastation in Oklahoma. He met tornado survivors in Del City, and walked through a wrecked neighborhood after a half-hour helicopter tour of thousands of acres of twisted and shredded rubble.

"I have been going to these scenes for 20 years and this is the most devastation I have ever seen," Clinton told residents, speaking of his experience as president and governor of Arkansas.

The president set the stage for his trip by announcing a $12 million program to provide temporary jobs to residents of the storm-ravaged area around Oklahoma City. He also said he would seek an additional $372 million from Congress for a federal disaster relief fund.

There is much for Mr. Clinton to see. A series of savage storms earlier this week in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Tennessee killed more than 50 people. More than 10,500 homes are estimated to have been destroyed or damaged in Oklahoma. In Kansas, 1,500 buildings were destroyed.

In hard-hit Oklahoma, search teams continue to look for victims, neighborhood by neighborhood.

On Thursday, more than 100 people were missing. By Saturday, only three people were still listed as missing.

"There have been many, many names taken off," said Ray Blatney of the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Supplies and food have poured into Oklahoma since the storm hit Monday. People who have never had to ask for anything - but who have suddenllost everything -- are almost ashamed to have to ask for the basics.

In Tennessee, severe storms left destruction from Memphis to Nashville. Four people were killed, more than 50 were injured and tens of thousands were left in the dark.

The damage estimate has been placed at more than $225 million in Oklahoma and more than $140 million in Kansas.

Meteorologists say that at least one of the Oklahoma tornadoes-near Oklahoma City-was what is known as an F-5, the strongest classification for twisters, which is officially labeled "incredible."

Texas didn't escape the storm's wrath either. Authorities say that at least one person was killed in Titus County, Tex. Eleven people were injured, three critically, say officials. Extensive damage is reported throughout the region.