OKC Metro Couple Affected By Murrah Building Bombing Renews Commitment To OKC’s Marathon

Sunday, October 3rd 2021, 11:51 am
By: Augusta McDonnell


There’s one Oklahoma City family that keeps coming back to the marathon year after year.

The Ashwood family handed out medals to people crossing the finish line Sunday, giving out their congratulations and thanking each runner.

"It helps us to know that our state, our country and our world remembers,” Cindy Ashwood said.

The Ashwood family has participated in every marathon since the events of April 19, 1995 because it changed their family forever.

Cindy’s sister, Susan Jane Ferrell, was killed on that day. 

“She had a beautiful light about her,” Ashwood said. “She loved life. She lived life.”

Ferrell was an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her family told me she loved dance and she loved people.

“We want to make sure that the entire story and what happened here and the people that were lost are not just some little footnote in the history book,” Susan’s brother-in-law and Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum board of trustee member Albert Ashwood said. “We want to make sure they come alive, and they inspire generations to come.”

The marathon is biggest fundraiser for the Memorial Museum and Grounds. The Ashwoods said the contribution that is made by each runner and each donor means outreach about the impact of violence can continue.