During the flood in the hill country of Texas in 1978, there was a lady who needlessly lost her life. Sherry Cooper told, "My mother ... did not climb the tree with us. She lost her way before we got to the tree ... See, she always kept every little bill and slip and stuff. She would not let go of her purse with those
papers in it." It was revealed that they were trying to make a chain, holding hands to get through the water. But her mother had insurance papers all gathered up in her hands, and she wouldn't drop those papers to grab their hands. She just washed away.